The True Meaning Behind the Allusions in "Musee des Beaux Arts" Poem Review by Kena Marie

This paper analyzes W.H. Auden's poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" to find deeper meaning.
# 146678 | 1,822 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Jan 11, 2011 in Literature (Poetry) , Literature (Mythology) , English (Analysis) , Art (General)

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In this article, the writer studies the poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W.H.Auden and searches for the true meaning behind the allusions. The writer notes that seemingly Auden's poem reveals that people don't care about the suffering of others and this paper breaks that theme down. Its historical and artistic allusions are researched by the author of the paper (such as "Musee des Beaux Arts", "The Old Masters", and "Icarus"). The writer's close examination of the references and allusions reveal that humans do in fact care about each others suffering.

From the Paper:

"This is the name of a fine arts museum in Brussels, Belgium. Auden chose this title for his poem because he visited this museum, viewed Peter Breughel's painting "Fall of Icarus" and based his poem on it. Already is the poem biased because the theme is based on only one painting at one museum out of all of the museums in the world. There are many other museums from which he could have observed other paintings by other artists, who have a different take on the human position of suffering. Because the title is supposed to represent the entire poem, one museum means that there are other museums, which means that there are other artists with other paintings, with other opinions. Therefore, this title tells us that the poem is about the many opinions of other painters."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W.H.Auden

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