"Musee des Beaux Arts" is a poem written by W.H. Auden in December of 1938, while he was staying in Brussels Belgium. The poem ‘Musee des Beaux Arts’ means ‘Museum of Fine Arts’ in French, he composed this after he visited the museum in Paris. This poem may be hard to understand when you first read it, and has the feel of being much older than 77 years of age. Although, this poem is very complex it is still relative and can be applied to our current modern day life. Many issues and problems the world had 80 years ago still exist today, and they will continue to exist for another 80 years after us.
After reading "Musee des Beaux Arts" you may find the symbolism of this poem to be obvious; or you may have to take a minute to think about the message he is trying to portray. Once the poem is read and the words have marinated in your brain the message is clear; even though individuals suffer, the daily routine of life goes on as usual undisturbed. Humanity has had an indifference to suffering since the beginning of mankind. Humans have evolved in their day to day life, but the human suffering has always been there. Just like the lack of compassion for others, or the inability to recognize when others are suffering.
There may be something terrible happening somewhere, but it’s likely to be surrounded by many good things happening. This is something common to modern day life and is far back as the beginning of mankind. Let’s look at a recent example of this in modern day life: In the news there was a video of a woman being raped on the beach during spring break. While this young lady was being raped and taken advantage of others were parting, videoing, and having a good time. In this situation something horrible was...
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... key factor to his inspiration, but the art of day to day life and their surroundings play a large role as well.
It is evident that when W.H. Auden wrote this poem he picked a subject that would be relevant for the rest of mankind. Whether it was one hundred years later, or one thousand years later; these same problems and emotions will be a poem anyone can read and relate to. His interest in art and ability to transfer that into a meaningful poem is still something practiced by modern day poets alike. If W.H. Auden was here today he would be proud of "Musee des Beaux Arts," and how modern day people can still relate to it. He used art, emotions, his surroundings and life to write “Musee des Beaux Arts.” Great poems are everlasting poems that people can relate to, no matter how many years have passed, W.H. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” was one of those poems.
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