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Musée des Beaux Arts Analysis



Author: poem of W.H. Auden Type: poem Views: 26



About suffering they were never wrong,

The Old Masters; how well, they understood

Its human position; how it takes place

While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;

How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting

For the miraculous birth, there always must be

Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating

On a pond at the edge of the wood:

They never forgot

That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course

Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot

Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse

Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.



In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away

Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may

Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,

But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone

As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green

Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,

had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.





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Auden himself said \"In so far as poetry, or any of the arts, can be said to have an ulterior purpose, it is, by telling the truth, to disenchant and disintoxicate.\"
He went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels and found this idea confirmed by the paintings.
3 scenes (probably from Breughel), the birth of Christ (miraculous birth), death of Christ (dreadful martyrdom) and the tragic myth of Icarus, are examples of this disenchantment.
These are just three random events, blown up by human beings themselves, to the extent in which we know them today. They have \'a human position\', just like us, they could have passed unnoticed, even so often, they could have been famous. In those paintings, they are depicted somewhere at the sideline, as part of a whole, not in the center.
Auden stresses the relativity of everything, demystifies what we, as human beings, once made seem so important.

| Posted on 2013-04-10 | by a guest


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The \'human position of suffering\' describes how passive people perceive distress.
For them it has its place elsewhere, they\'re focused on themselves, on their own situation and on seemingly insignificant things.
Peoples position has not a sense of trust in others, community or caring for others.

| Posted on 2012-12-05 | by a guest


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Title : refer to th musem of free arts in brukssels.
In this poem we have two ordinary events ;The first is descreption life goes until a miraculous birth .
The second event as the disastre of Icarus death happen.
IT TALK ABOUT HUMAN SUFFERING.

| Posted on 2011-12-31 | by a guest


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This poem is a criticism over the indifferent attitude of the people in society, in front of whom there are a lot of miseries but they never bother about that. they always remain indifferent as if there is nothing going in front of them. The poem presents a realistic image of the modern world. As in the poem the plougman takes no notice of the splash and the suicide of the boy. In this way, the poem points towards the miseries in the world; where people have no time to communicate with each other; they are reificated and alienated and they forget to take care of others.

| Posted on 2011-11-05 | by a guest


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I consider, that you are mistaken. I can defend the position.
stomatologia łódź

| Posted on 2011-08-25 | by a guest


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“Musèe Des Beaux Arts” by W.H Auden uncovered the lack of interest in which people have toward miraculous or insignificant events that happens around them. He portrays that minor moments in life which seem to be miracles to some, are simply ignored by others because they are none of their business. People do not bother to pay attention on an individual or any other subjects that are not in their interest, but rather themselves. Auden develops the irony in the context to compare the reality of the outside world from the mythical tales in the poem. It depicts an individual’s accomplishment or achievements that occur and which others overlook. In addition he utilizes images of nature and movement to illustrate the normal daily environments and scenes in the story, in which reveals the message of the poem.

| Posted on 2011-05-30 | by a guest


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Well, Indeed we do not care about others suffering; as West does not care about East-or \"others\". Also, Auden does not understand or realize how the life is outside of the building of the mussen because she does not belong on those people, rather, she sits and writes about it. Obviously, no one of us can understand the suffering of others because human nature is like that so, Auden gratually accepts it and she moves \"calmly\"(21)

| Posted on 2011-01-17 | by a guest


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“Musee des Beaux Arts” is a poem by W.H. Auden about a speaker who views two paintings, one of a town where people are flocking in for a “miraculous birth”, and the other of the Greek “Icarus” the boy who created artificial wings from wax. The introductory stanza describes the painter’s ability to acknowledge the smaller nuances in life, that other simply ignore. This leads into the format of Auden’s poem, where he emphasis the aspects of a painting that people normally ignore. While just a painting, Auden gives life, emotions, and thought into some of the subjects, like the children skating in the pond; Auden’s guess that children did not want siblings represents something deeper, in which, literally, the smaller people’s opinions are ignored. This is expressed again by the dog, who has no voice in his decision to be chained up in the “torturer’s house”. His final stanza is about Icarus and how although famous he could be; everyone at the moment is minding their own business. This suggests the reality of attention in the world, and how nobody really cares about their success or failure, just like how nobody cares about the opinions of the dog and children in the previous painting. The fact that ordinary events are surrounding famous moments may suggest that art is about telling the truth and not praising some famous people and event.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest


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This poem is a call to action for society to \"wake up\".duh. There are devestating things going on in the world - AIDS in Africa, disaster in Haiti, poverty world-wide - yet, not everyone (in the West) seems to care. I love this poem because it is a true account of human nature; if you\'re not suffering, why should you?

| Posted on 2010-10-20 | by a guest


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This poem is a call to action for society to "wake up". There are devestating things going on in the world - AIDS in Africa, disaster in Haiti, poverty world-wide - yet, not everyone (in the West) seems to care. I love this poem because it is a true account of human nature; if you're not suffering, why should you?

| Posted on 2010-03-24 | by a guest


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The universal theme presented in Auden's work is that life goes on. The poem is primarily based on Breughel's Icarus, a famous painting in which Auden alludes to. The painting, just like Auden's poem, presents the idea that reverence is diminishing in society. Just as the ploughman continues walking on, even though he possibly heard Icarus's cry in the water below him, he kept on with his life, just as we do as a society. In our society, the failures of others are "not an important failure" to us.

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest


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This poem is largely about how personal suffering is subjective and has little impact on teh world outside. the poem juxtaposes oridnary things in life with the extrodinary things in life for example the borth of the miraculous son and children skating on thepond.

| Posted on 2010-01-16 | by a guest


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Musee De Beaux Arts
It is a poem by W.H. Auden. Its main theme shows that suffering is always a subjective matter that affects only the one who suffers, while other people keep on their lives indifferent to that suffering. To support this idea Auden gives an example of the old people who waits for the miraculous birth of the Masaya, and compared them to the children who play and are uncaring about this issue, and in the last stanza, Auden talks about Burghals painting Falling of Icarus that tells how everyone in the picture was indifferent bout Icarus tragedy, for the ploughmen kept on ploughing, and the ship kept on sailing. In fact, it is a universal theme that people everywhere and in all times dont care about the suffering and pains others go through. And honestly, we ourselves are some of those people. We see all this suffering in the world; and what do we do for it? We just keep on our lives as if nothing has happened, and life goes on.

| Posted on 2010-01-11 | by a guest


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The poem Mussee des Beaux Arts is in the form of free verse. It talks about Old Masters and Brueghels Icarus. These are images representing the suffering of human beings and the greediness of themselves. It shows that people would first save themselves before helping someone else, but this characteristic is cover up because it is unpleasant. Auden praises the artists for painting humans truthfully and showing what people try to cover up in society. The people are so into themselves that they do not see what is happening next to them such as the miraculous birth which may refer to Jesus, while others are skating on a pond at the edge of the wood.

| Posted on 2009-02-25 | by a guest


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About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters; how well, they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.


| Posted on 2007-09-19 | by a guest




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