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The Relevance of Sloth in Poetry Many poems written include some of these same characteristics that help to find a theme within it One main aspect of these poems is the portrayal of a character or characters acting sloth Sloth is the aversion to work or lack of exertion It could also be defined as laziness or indolence Examples of this can be found repeatedly throughout great poets work such as WH Audens Musee des Beaux Arts and in David R Slavitts Titanic Both of these poems show how sloth can be destructive It also exhibits how people can disregard those around them further leading to a societys downfall The first poem Musee des Beaux Arts shows the use of sloth through the bystanders These characters dont pay any attention to Icarus who is in dire need of help Icarus is a person who is falling from the sky and there is no one willing to take the time out of his or her day to help someone in need Icarus can not swim and is pleading for help from anyone and gets no response The people around that hear the cries are too lazy to respond The author goes on to write The plowman may have heard the splash the forsaken cry but for him it was not an important failure 1183 Auden The picture that coincides with the poem clearly shows that the plowman has visual contact with Icarus The reaction of the plowman symbolizes how this poem portrays the use of sloth because no one went to the aid of Icarus This is not the only example of laziness within the poem The end of the poem shows how Auden incorporates sloth within his works To backup the evidence of sloth Auden places another example of similar sort And the expensive delicate ship that must have seen something amazing a boy falling out of the sky
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