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Lullaby Analysis



Author: poem of W.H. Auden Type: poem Views: 40

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Lay your sleeping head, my love,

Human on my faithless arm;

Time and fevers burn away

Individual beauty from

Thoughtful children, and the grave

Proves the child ephemeral:

But in my arms till break of day

Let the living creature lie,

Mortal, guility, but to me

The entirely beautiful.



Soul and body have no bounds:

To lovers as they lie upon

Her tolerant enchanted slope

In their ordinary swoon,

Grave the vision Venus sends

Of supernatural sympathy,

Universal love and hope;

While abstract insight wakes

Among the glaciers and the rocks

The hermit's sensual ecstasy.



Certainty, fidelity

On the stroke of midnight pass

Like vibrations of a bell,

And fashionable madmen raise

Their pedantic boring cry:

Every farthing of the cost,

All the dreaded cards foretell,

Shall be paid, but from this night

Not a whisper, not a thought,

Not a kiss nor look be lost.



Beauty, midnight, vision dies:

Let the winds of dawn that blow

Softly round your dreaming head

Such a day of sweetness show

Eye and knocking heart may bless,

Find your mortal world enough;

Noons of dryness see you fed

By the involuntary powers,

Nights of insult let you pass

Watched by every human love.






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"her tolerant enchanted slope" refers to Venus, the goddess of lover. The children's deaths demonstrate the transience of life. The poem is actually about the flawed nature of humanity, and how despite these, we are able to love one another.

| Posted on 2013-10-07 | by a guest


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I don\'t know why everyone says this is about a guy watching his lover--and that its talking about a guy, it obviously says \"her tolerant enchanted slope\" and it\'s talking about a kids death. NOT lovers. DUH. sorry I\'m mad, I\'ve seen all these different analysi whateverr

| Posted on 2011-04-21 | by a guest


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Referencing 'Venus' alludes to romantic/sexual love

| Posted on 2009-12-14 | by a guest




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