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"The Unknown Citizen"

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Ashley Ellis

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By: W.H. Auden "The Unknown Citizen" Wrote in 1939
Satiric Elegy
Attack on Society Tone Summary: Theme "Both Producers Research
and High Grade Living," Consumer Reports
Good Housekeeping "Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation," Eugenist as the field of Eugenics as a whole Hyperbole Understatement Rhyme
Scheme Parody Parallelism Alliteration Assonance Metaphor Imagery Symbolism Metonymy "having everything necessary to the Modern Man" "And our Social Psychology
workers found," "He was fully sensible to
the advantages of the Installment Plan." "We should certainly have heard," "That in the modern sense of an old fashioned world, he was a saint," Comparing the Unknown Citizen to a saint Free Verse No Specific Pattern
Internal Rhyme
"Was he free? Was he happy?" "And had everything necessary to the Modern Man" Personification Allusion "Fudge Motors Inc," "Both Producers Research and High Grade Living declare," "Was he free? Was he happy?" Patronizing Tone Conformity Fixed Form Visual Imagery
Concrete Images can have deeper meanings "worker in a factory and never got fired,"
"wasn't a scab or odd in his views."
"The press are convinced he bought a paper everyday,"
"having everything necessary to the Modern Man" Epigraph-- "To JS/07M378 This Marble Monument is Erected by the State."
"He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be"
The Unknown Citizen served the Greater Community Auden, W. H.. "The Unknown Citizen." . N.p.. Web. 16 May 2013.
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unknown-citizen>.
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