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Poem Title:  Funeral Blues

Poem Category:  Thought Provoking/ Sad Poems

Poet:  W H Auden

Poet Biography: 
W H Auden (1907-1973)was an English poet heavily influenced by poets William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins.



Poem: 
This poem is perhaps best known as being the poem read so movingly by Matthew (John Hannah) in the film "Four Weddings and a funeral". Although untitled by W H Auden it is commonly referred to as funeral blues

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 woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.


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