Analysis Of The Poem ' The Last Night ' And ' Refugee Blues '

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The portrayal of sorrow in ‘’The Last Night’’ and ‘’Refugee Blues’’ varies between each piece. In Refugee Blues it describes how the Jewish were treated and rejected even when they are in times of hardship. Similarly the Last Night also focuses on the innocence of the Jews; it portrays the Jewish people in their last glimpse of freedom before they reach the concentration camps, and compels the dehumanisation of the children as well as the adults. The portrayal of rejection and how they were isolated and abandoned from the society is also visible in Refugee Blues through both the language and content.

The use of the Blues in the tittle and the Blues rhythm of the poem puts emphasis on the idea of sadness "say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:" Like most Blues songs and poems it is written about a time of sorrow in the writers life and the rhythm helps the reader pity for the refugees such as Auden, who was born as a German Jew and has struggled to live in Germany as his own country wants him dead; "A thousand windows and a thousand doors: Not one of them was ours.’’ This repetition of ‘’thousand’’ adds to the theme of isolation and being rejected because they went past so many places but not one of them was theirs. Compared to The Last Night Faulkes emphasises the melancholy by describing two innocent boys ' sorrow of being Jewish, as the reader informed us that they would die in the concentration camp; "they might write…

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