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W.H. Auden’s ‘Lullaby’ – Summary and analysis

W.H. Auden’s ‘Lullaby’, ‘Lullaby’ Summary and analysis
W.H. Auden’s ‘Lullaby’ – Summary and analysis

Lullabyby W.H. Auden is a poem of stanzas. There are ten lines in every stanza. The poem follows an imperfect rhyme scheme. The poem is written in trochaic tetrameter. This poem is about imperfection of human beings.

Lullaby is a love poem where the poet speaks of a lover to his sleeping beloved. The poem begins with the lover telling his beloved to put her head on his “faithless” arm. Then she thought for a minute that, beauty is never permanent. Because at one time death will come and ended it all. He also says that even his beloved is not perfect. But he has no problem with that. In one way or another there is some beauty in her. Then the poet became somewhat depressed.

Then he started thinking about different things in a random way. Such as Venus (the Roman goddess of love. Or she imagines a solitary monk experiencing ecstasy. Or a madman who mourns for the future. In the midst of all these multifaceted thoughts, the poet does not want to forget what happened to him and his beloved on that beautiful night.

The poet again says that every object must eventually die. But then the poet continues to speak directly to his sleeping beloved. He prays that his beloved will have the full experience of life and that the mortal world will feel enough. Basically, he hopes his beloved won't go too far for the big questions in life. At the end of the poem, the poet says, the love of all people is looking at him.

The poem concludes with the speaker committing to caring for his lover throughout their entire lives. This person will not go hungry, or be plagued by any insult. They will relish their mutual humanity and put no faith in the divine to better their existence.

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