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Musee' des beaux arts

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Musee' des beaux arts

The main theme of the poem is that ignorance can lead to bad luck and death to those who aren't careful.
Auden uses the painting "The Fall of Icarus" to demonstrate this.
In the painting, next to the ship, there are a pair of legs sticking out of the water, this is Icarus drowning after flying too close to the sun and having his wings melt after his father, Daedalus, tells him to avoid flying to high.
His ignorance causes him to drown, and those around the area, such as the farmer and the shepard, ignore him because the painting is showing how ignorance will kill you and no one will be there to help.
The theme of the poem is also connected to many ideas we see in today's society.
It is seen in things such as Texting and driving commercials along with drinking and driving commercials, as they show that if you are ignorant to the warnings given, it can kill you, much like what happened to Icarus.
Many bad things happen in the world that many people tend to ignore or they may not even notice that they are happening. In the article from Encyclopedia Britannica about the poem it says "In the first stanza, the poet observes that tragedy often goes unnoticed and that even 'dreadfull martyrdom must run its course.'" This reveals that tradgedy goes unnoticed all the time and this is a general statement about life. This connects to the real world because people are oblivious to the tragedies that are happening around them because they happen so often
The speaker in this poem is a person who keeps a low profile.
There is situational irony when Icarus is falling to his death and the people in the painting are just going on with there life's.

We forget a lot of things as a human being. But do we purposely forget the things that will make us a better person or give us a better life. There are Tragedies that will happen and go on seen. When this happens time will go by and then it will be forgotten within a blink of an eye. But once you see it in a picture or a painting you think about what you have forgotten. Review from Shmoop says “As he sees it, there are some things that art can do – and one of them is to remind us of the things that we’ve forgotten over time.” This is suggesting that we may forget things that may have made us happy or sad because we knew the effect it would have on our life and future. We purposely make these decisons because carring around a tragedy could have a big effect on us. This reveals that when we see art it may bring back things we have forgetten.


This is the painting that the poem is describing.
Literal meaning

The audience is everyone.
This poem is about when something tragic happens, the world may not see and will keep on with there life's.




Works Citied
The shift was that the first stanza is about a general statement about life and the second stanza is about the death of Icarus. The shift is indicated by the change of stanza.
There is no recognizable rhyme scheme.
The lines flow without using punctuation from one to the next. This is significant because it helps create tension for the reader.
The poem is organized into 2 stanzas and it contributes to the poems theme because the two paragraphs contrast each other and tell 2 different stories.
Shane: Singh, Amardeep. “Breaking the Frame: The fall
of Icarus and the Torturer’s Horse.” Lehigh.edu. Lehigh University. Web. April 29, 2014
Chris: "Musee des Beaux Arts." Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Encylopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopaedia
Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.

Everywhere around the world when bad things occur people tend to turn away from it, not wanting to involve themselves in tradegy. The Shmoop editing teams analysis of the Musee des Beaux Arts is that “when bad things happen to people, other people are usually looking the other way.” Many tradegies go on everyday without even being awknowleded. I agree with the editing team, during WWII the US didn’t want to be involved in what Germany was doing to millions of people and just looked the other way. When a tradegy happens around the world most people send relief money to a cause but do not want to be involved in the hard part of helping to restore that certain country.
Shane Lambert
In W.H. Auden’s poem “Musee des Beaux Arts”, his theme in the poem which is Ignorance can lead to the death of people, is shown throughout the poem, but he also allows this theme to connect to the modern day. In an analysis of the poem, English Professor Amardeep Singh describes the theme of the poem with the attempt to also connect the reader to present day issues. Singh states that “These mundane and perhaps contemporary elements from outside the painting extend the theme of social indifference to include the reader in the present day. It's we who, in the face of war and injustice, continue steadfastly on our course as if nothing dramatic is happening, just as the "expensive delicate ship . . . sailed calmly on" in Auden's poem.” (Par. 7) When saying this, Singh is describing that through lines in the poem that are outlandish and abnormal, he is attempting to connect the reader to what their life is actually like, so that way they are not bored by just a critique of a painting. This goes in hand with the main theme of ignorance can end up ending your life by connecting people to modern day accidents that happen to the ignorance of people. Singh brings out the factor that this is still a big lesson in modern day life and not just so Greek myth.
Shane Lambert
Sam: Shmoop Editorial Team. "Musée des Beaux Arts."
Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008.
Web. 1 May 2014.

Shannon: Shmoop Editorial Team. "Musée des Beaux Arts."
Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008.
Web. 1 May 2014.
There isnt any signicantce to the placement of the words that this peoem doesn't really rhyme but he has mainly made a different type of people that doesn't have a rhyme scheme.
Even though he keeps his language pretty simple and straight forward, he does build up a fairly elaborate network of references and allusions to places, people, and things behind the scene.
You start to get a sneaky suspension that the real story is happening elsewhere, outside of the poems frame work which is what the poet wanted so that's the imagery that is delivered
He uses symbolism when he talks about the picture because i feel he really isn't talking about the picture but about life.
The fall of Icarus

Style/Literary Devices
The poem Musée des Beaux Arts was a very indirect poem you had to really understand the author and how he is thinking. This is a very different type of poem it really didn’t have a lot of words that were similar or that rhymed but it was a very interesting poem to read. How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting for the miraculous birth, there always must be (5-6). Notice how even the action in this poem is actually just…waiting for action? Everything happens off-screen. And we do mean everything. This poem is more than it meets the eye it really introduces symbolism in this poem. While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; (4). There's all sorts of things that you can do while ignoring everything else around you. Just in case you missed that point the first time around, Auden offers a list of all of the other things that can dull your brain and bore you into sleepwalking. Heck, just reading about it kills a few of our brain cells. We're guessing that's why it's in the poem! You’ll start to get a sneaky suspension that the real story is happening somewhere else, outside of the poem’s fram work which is what the poet wanted so that’s how the imagery takes place.
Antonio: Shmoop Editorial Team. "Musée des Beaux
Arts." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University,Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 1 May 2014.
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