Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

The 1994 Hugh Grant starer movie Four Weddings and a Funeral– cut to the funeral scene – this moment of grief could not have been more aptly conveyed as Matthew read out W. H Auden’s Funeral Blues dedicated to his dead lover Gareth. The lines are filled with remorse, and express the sadness in a beautiful way. The heartbreak involved in the passing away of a beloved, when the ones left behind can only gather of what remains in the form of memories, the knowledge that things will never be the same again – these are the thoughts which make this an emotionally charged poem.

 

Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

This post was written as part of the month long #septemberchallenge hosted at Everyday Gyaan.

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2 Responses to Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

  1. Such a beautiful piece of writing! Always loved it.

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