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Comparison of poems Refugee Blues by W.H.Auden and You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly by U.A. Fanthorpe.

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Comparison of poems 'Refugee Blues' and 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' The poem 'Refugee Blues' is written by W.H. Auden, an Anglo-American poet. 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' is written by U.A. Fanthorpe. Both the poems discuss about the prejudice and discrimination through the use of tone and language. W.H.Auden particularly deals with topics about moral and political issues. 'Refugee Blues' deals with the abuse of human rights experienced not only by the German Jews, but by other Jews and refugees anywhere. It is a moving poem on war, its consequences and also on discrimination. The poem 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' conjures up an image of a malign interviewer looking down in disgust at the unfortunate interviewee. It is also an address to someone, exemplified by the use of the second person pronoun 'You'. The title 'Refugee Blues' is a combination of two nouns, 'refugee' and 'blues'. 'Refugee' is a person who flees to another country to escape being persecuted for their religion, politics or to escape war. 'Blues' is a slow sad song, traditionally sung by the African Americans working on slave plantations in the southern states of the USA. ...read more.

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The interviewer is in command of the situation and controls through his use of sarcasm and rhetorical questions. Both the poems 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' and 'Refugee Blues' bring a code of sympathy. 'Refugee Blues' opens on a factual note on the basic need- shelter of both extremes 'mansions and holes', concluding at large 'there is no place for us', highlighting their distress of not having a home in the wide land. In the poem 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly', the interviewee is made to feel ashamed of the country where he was born. This leaves him in a condition where he doesn't feel the urge to be back in his country. This stands in stark (clear contrast) with the refugees' feelings. 'Once we had a country' brings a glitter to the refugee's eyes when he recalls the bygone days, feeling secure at the sense of belongingness- only to end in despair at not being able to go there now. 'Refugee Blues' introduces many characters and personalities like 'consul', 'committee', 'public meeting', 'speaker', 'Hitler' where as 'You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly' deals with just the interviewee and interviewer. ...read more.

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Whereas in 'You will be hearing form us shortly' it is hinted or the reader's are given the clues through the interviewer's spoken words. The poem 'You Will be Hearing From Us Shortly' is written in short stanzas followed by a single line, most often by one word 'ah', 'indeed' etc which suggest that a conversation has taken place. Lines of varying length are used in order to suit the mood of the speaker which is controlling and demanding. 'Refugee Blues' is written in twelve stanzas of three lines each with rhyme scheme 'aab'. Nine stanzas begin with verbs which show the need for urgent action in the atmosphere of desperateness and gloominess. The tight structure of Auden's poem is evident in the constant repetition of the third line in each stanza. This repetition enforces the scene of impending doom and progression towards death. 'You will be Hearing from us Shortly' mostly contains inappropriate questions which shows the height of prejudice and misuse of the power that even the very existence of the interviewee is questioned, 'and you were born?' The twelve time repetition of the phrase 'my dear' highlights the intimate relationship. As readers, both the poems evoke in us is sympathetic feelings and our hearts become heavy that we wish for a better world where all the human beings could co-exist. ...read more.

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