Wystan Hugh Auden

(1907 - 1973 / York / England)

The Unknown Citizen - Poem by Wystan Hugh Auden


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  • (10/19/2006 2:15:00 PM)


    The poem tells about the persons who hope to become popular or famous.Those who follow rules and are wedded to their principles remain unknown.If an individual is to be recognised in society, he needs to swerve from the path of (righteousness) tne world.Remember Gray's elegy? Wordsworth's Lucy? The unknown are not only the forgotten or ignored but also unsullied, uncorrupted, uninhibited and innocent.Ambition and progress are qualities praised today but is the society at large progressing as a result? Ethics.Necessary? ? ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (4/14/2006 6:59:00 PM)


    I loved this poem in 1968 and i still am onthe internet looking it up in 2006!
    how can anyone NOT comment onsuch a great description of apathy and not be stirred by its message! ! !
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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