Analysis Of The Poem ' Musee Des Beaux Arts ' Essay

757 Words Jul 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Inspired by Breughel 's artwork, W.H. Auden emphasizes the significance of suffering through a 15th century masterpiece “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.” Written in 1938, Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” is a representation of man’s indifference to suffering. A literary expression created from different times, both artists effectively conveyed its message through the gift of poetry and visual imagination. To analyze both works from a literary and personal perspective is the goal of this essay.

From Breughel 's artwork, “Musee des Beaux Arts” message on suffering came about. “About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood” (line 1-3). According to, “the term “Old Masters” generally refers to the most recognized European artists – mostly painters – working between the Renaissance and 1800.” However, from a non-literary perspective, may also be interpreted as someone whose wisdom is revered with utmost importance. Since Breughel’s painting is created in the 15th century, and Auden’s poem in 1930’s, the message behind both literary masterpiece is that regardless of times, “About suffering, [the elders] were never wrong” (line 1). This is due to the fact that not only did the elders witness the suffering beforehand but being the “old Masters… how well they understood” (line 2) represent wisdom gained from experience.

The “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” depicts humanity’s indifference to others needs. In analyzing the…

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