Refugee Blues, And Refugee Blues By W. H. Auden
The lament "Refugee Blues," was written by W.H. Auden in 1939, in the beginning of World War Two. The word “Refugee” in the title means a person who has to run away from his or her country, due to be treated badly. The word "blues" refers to slow and sad songs that were first sung by African slaves.
Each stanza has three lines, following ABA structure. This poem is about to Jews and in particular about a husband and a wife. The husband addresses his wife as "my dear," which is mentioned on the third line of each stanza. The first two lines describe the situation …show more content…
While "Refugee Blues" is about the narrator, a Jew, talking to a loved one.
André and the narrator in "Refugee Blues" are very similar; they are both going through a very similar situation, both having to leave their country and, at the end to get killed. André on the other hand had a tougher situation. He had to grow up fast to take care of his brother. Whereas the narrator is grown up and experienced and has a better understanding how to act in this sort of situation. André grows up quickly and starts to understand what is going on: "it came to André that she was not looking in hatred." He gets what people are doing and why.
The narrator, on the other hand, (in Refugee Blues) only learns that he should give up. He goes from, "we are still alive" to " they weren't the human race." The narrator starts to loose trust in life talking about the weather being "plain" and showing that his mind has gone blank with no more thoughts. They are also very different. André is just starting to understand hence he probably thinks what's happening to them is for a reason while the narrator knows he has done nothing wrong. Both these characters are getting a similar fate, and have had the same thoughts, and feelings. In these stories we see the two different views: one from a point of view of a child, and another one from a point of view of a grown-up