Auden attempts to immortalize W. B. Yeats by creating a poem about the importance of his memory. Instead of lamenting Yeats' death, he celebrates the longevity of his wonderful poetry. According to Auden, as he explains in section 3 of the poem, poetry must educate humanity to enjoy while still enduring life's adversities. Only then will it achieve immortality.
In order for this poem to work, it is important that readers understand why and how Yeats would have wanted to be remembered. Otherwise, they could not appreciate what Auden was trying to convey with his creation. Here are the details from the poem that help explain Yeats' intentions:
1. "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" begins with a direct address to his friend. This is typical of Auden's style which often includes rhetorical questions designed to get readers thinking about important issues.
2. In line 4, Auden uses the word "honour" which can also be found in Shakespeare's works. He is saying that it is necessary to sacrifice one's personal desires in order to achieve greatness.
3. In line 6, Auden refers to Yeats as "the poet". This is another way of saying "the writer" since people used to think that poets were crazy before the invention of poetry journals!
The subject of "In Memory of W.B.Yeats" is death. Auden uses Yeats' death to reflect on the tangled legacy he left behind and how his work shaped the twentieth-century poetry landscape. Another important issue is the societal significance of art or poetry. Did Yeats' work have any impact on politics or society?
Yeats was a famous Irish poet who lived from 1865-1939. He was known for his mystical poems which often included magical or supernatural elements.
Auden's poem is divided into five sections. The first four sections are titled "As I Walked Out One Evening", "As I Look Back On My Life", "So That To Some Extent We Are What We Might Have Been", and "Or Perhaps I Am". The final section concludes with these words: "And as we grow older, it may be that we come to think of our time too harshly. Or perhaps not."
Death is an important topic in "In Memory of W.B.Yeats". Not only does it feature in several of Yeats' poems but it also has a large role in Auden's life and work. When he was 24 years old, his father died and this probably influenced him to write about death later in his career.
By conveying a dark, pessimistic vision of the modern world, Auden's elegy to Yeats embodies modernism. This is most apparent at the end of the poem, although it runs throughout the lines. At the end of the poem, Auden compares the fall of empires to the fall of trees. He does not believe that humanity is worth saving, so there is no hope for us. However, he does believe that we should respect their memory: keep trees on Everest and ice caps in the Arctic as testimony to what they were like before man messed them up.
Modernism was very concerned with progress. As men became more aware of their impact on the environment, they wanted to do something about it. So many modern artists were politically active that we can call modern art "the visual language of protest." They wanted to draw attention to the suffering of people outside Europe so that others would take action against their governments.
Yeats and Auden were both members of the English Academy in Rome. The academy was founded by William Shakespeare and John Milton as a way for England and Italy to share knowledge. Although neither poet belonged to this organization, it is clear from reading their work that they had an important influence on each other.