W. H. Auden: Poems

How does Auden achieve a sense of historical magnitude, gloom and dread throughout this poem? Is the poem overwhelmingly pessimistic, or does the poet allow any hope to shine through? If so, where and what is that hope?

Look for formal devices, poetic techniques, any striking imagery and any major themes. Then annotate it further after you have read the essay question and identified the key words.

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Which poem are you referring to?