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Your name1. What clues does the poem's title give you about the theme of the poem? 2. Who is the speaker of the poem? 3. Who is the audience for the poem? 4. Briefly, what situation is described in the poem?5. Use line numbers to indicate the poem's major thought divisions.6. "Funeral Blues" is an elegiac poem--a meditation on loss, grief, and mortality--that holds its sentiments together through a AABB rhyme scheme. Decide which lines best express the speaker's changing sentiments. ["Silence the pianos" ]6. "Funeral Blues" is an elegiac poem--a meditation on loss, grief, and mortality--that holds its sentiments together through a AABB rhyme scheme. Decide which lines best express the speaker's changing sentiments. ["He was my North, my South, my East and West"]6. "Funeral Blues" is an elegiac poem--a meditation on loss, grief, and mortality--that holds its sentiments together through a AABB rhyme scheme. Decide which lines best express the speaker's changing sentiments. ["I though love would last forever; I was wrong"]6. "Funeral Blues" is an elegiac poem--a meditation on loss, grief, and mortality--that holds its sentiments together through a AABB rhyme scheme. Decide which lines best express the speaker's changing sentiments. ["Nothing now can ever come to any good"]7. What is the effect of using capital letters for the phrase "He Is Dead"? (Tip: when referring to God, it is common to use a capital "He"). For whom could this message be if it is written on the sky?8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["aeroplanes circle moaning overhead"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["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"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["black cotton gloves"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. [“pour away the ocean”]9a. What is the tone of the poem?9b. From what key words or phrases did you deduce the poem's tone?10. Of the following, which best describes the contrast between the first and last stanzas? 11. Based on all the above, what is poem's central viewpoint or insight about Love and/or Death?
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PINK= You got itBLUE= Message from Dr. XRED= Nope
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9/20/2014 17:07:28
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Morrison
Ranarene80somebody has died and it is very sadUnknownsomebody who receives ordersthe situation described in the poem is someones lover has died and its the day of the funeral. Probably a military person or an important and loved politician like a mayor of a city. The speaker is very depressed for this death. At the beginning, he/she (most probably he as it was written un 1936) is giving orders of what to do to show respect for the death of the person , how the speaker feels for the death and what the person who died was for the speaker. At the end the speaker shows he/she feels very hurt for the loss, like if nothing else, life itself does not make sense anymore.

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Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses griefMeditates on mortalityExpresses lossit causes an effect of comparison with God, probably for the fact that the person who died was a very loved and lovely person, a person who used to give so much love and who also received loved an respect from others. PersonificationHyperboleMetaphorSymbolMetaphorsad/mournfulSilence, stop, moaning,  activity to inertiaThe writer allowed the reader to understand the intensity of feeling experienced upon the loss of a loved one. Loving someone and losing that person is hard, and it is devastating. Death is a part of life, and losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences.
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3/23/2015 1:44:26
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MorrisonI'm ScrewedFuneral Blues, as we know blues are basically sad songs, and funeral is about death. So the theme of the poem is about a male who passed away. UnknownThe readerAt the first two stanzas, the speaker commands everyone to stop all the noise and to participate at the funeral. Then the last two stanzas are about expressing the speaker's loss.Didn't understand the question clearly. Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses lossMeditates on mortalityExpresses griefMay be the speaker referred him to an angel.MetaphorPersonificationHyperboleSymbolMetaphorworshipful/reverent/adoring, affectionate/loving/caring, sad/mournfulBring out the coffin, let the mourners come. temporal/secular to cosmic/spiritualEverything will eventually die, even love.
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3/23/2015 20:19:52
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MorrisonChicken wingsSince the blues means sad song, the title clues that the poem is about grief of death.UnknownThe reader, mournersThe speaker is preparing the funeral and he/she is devastated.Until the line number 8, the speaker commands what to do to prepare the funeral but since line number 9, the speaker expresses his/her loss and grief.Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses griefExpresses lossMeditates on mortalityPeople usually use capital "He" to refer God. I think using capital letters for the phrase "He Is Dead" effected making the dead man as God-like figure. However, the message can be for anybody who would share the grief together.PersonificationMetaphorHyperboleSymbolHyperbolesad/mournful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offendedcoffin, mourners, Dead

I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
 temporal/secular to cosmic/spiritualDeath is stronger than love.
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3/31/2016 14:01:41
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Morrison
NothingLikeTheSun
The word "funeral" tells the reader that someone has died and is being mourned. The word "blues" tells the reader that there is a tone of sadness, and sorrow.
Someone who loved the man who diedThe readerSomeone's loved one has died. The speaker believed that the love would be never ending but death has proven otherwise. The deceased was the speaker's whole world as described in line 9 by the words "North," "South," "East," and "West." The speaker desires silence and darkness as described in the first and last stanzas. The second stanza also shows that the speaker wants everyone to know of his death and show their condolences. Lines 1-4, 7-8, 9-12, and 13-16Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses lossExpresses griefMeditates on mortalityWhen I initially read the poem, I thought that writing the message in the sky served the purpose of telling as many people as possible about the death of this man. Now with focus on the capitalization, perhaps God, or love, through the personification of God, has died. Perhaps the message is for God and writing the message in the sky would send the message to the heavens. PersonificationMetaphorPersonificationSymbolPersonificationaffectionate/loving/caring, sad/mournful, somber/grim/grave, sincere/honestThe words funeral, blues, coffin, mourners, moaning, dead, and the phrases "I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong," and "For nothing now can ever come any good." sound to lightWhen a life ends, love ends with it. Death of love leaves behind silence and darkness, or nothingness.
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3/26/2017 13:20:38(5:45)MorrisonLuke, MortonThe theme took place at a funeral, on a gloomy day where time has stopped and how everything is silent to honor the dead.A femaleA female, A malethe poem describe honoring the dead with silence and pay respects Im not sure Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses lossExpresses griefMeditates on mortalityTo compare to a divine figure. For example, the effect of using the letters for the phrase " He Is Dead" written in the sky states that the author is describing the love one is a God like figure because God is the higher authority and have power. and in religious beliefs people honor God.PersonificationMetaphorMetaphorSymbolMetaphorsomber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended“stop”, “prevent”, and “silence”  temporal/secular to cosmic/spiritualthe poem's central viewpoint is a deeply mourning the loss of a lover who has died. the author begins by calling for silence from the everyday .
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3/28/2017 0:36:10(5:45)MorrisonOwen SmithThe title implies that the poem is most likely about death and depression. W.H. AudenThe readerWhile the poem is beautifully written, it's rather morbid. Auden is writing post death of his significant other, basically talking about the somberness of that particular day, which we can infer based off the title is the day of the funeral.The poem has 16 lines in total and is split into 4 lines per sectionExpresses griefCommands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses lossMeditates on mortalityAuden could be using the religious "He" to imply that his deceased partner is now his higher power. And the purpose of writing it in the sky would be to let everyone know.

It could also be that from Auden's feeling of sadness he has lost faith in God and religion.
PersonificationHyperboleHyperboleSymbolHyperbolesad/mournfulGoing from the title to the first line, "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone", it immediately sets the stage for an abnormal, somber day. That nothing else happening that day was of any importance.
At the fourth line, "bring out the coffin, let the mourners come", it was clear that he was talking about the day of a funeral and the feeling that comes with it.

At the line, "He was my North, my South, my East and West", The tone became more mournful.
 activity to inertiaIt seems that the central viewpoint of this poem is that Love can come with an extreme emotional attachment and losing that attachment can be the most gust wrenching experience. The insight is that when you find someone that you have that sort of true love and attachment with, like the one that W. H. Auden had with his partner, that investment can feel like the most important and life consuming thing; "He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest". That kind of love can cause a false sense of security that, when compromised, seems like the most traumatizing and sad experience one could ever endure.
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3/28/2017 2:37:45(2:15)MorrisonJean MartinezThe Poem's title give us a sense of death by the word funeral and since it says blues it also may be like a funeral song.W.H. AudenThe Peope in the funeralBasically at the start of the poem the writer is saying to "everyone" to stop everything and have a moment of silence for the dead, and it must have been someone important to have airplanes and traffic policeman around. And Also start describing what the person who died meant to the writer.I'm not sure.Meditates on mortalityExpresses griefExpresses lossExpresses griefIf its written on the sky it is for mean to be seen by everyone in range and around the funeral, to notify "Everyone" someone important has died or something like that.PersonificationMetaphorPersonificationSymbolHyperbolesad/mournful, sincere/honest"Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come","He is Dead","He was my North, South..."," I was wrong". activity to inertiaThe insight of this poem is mostly about the death, but it was the death of someone who was loved by many people since it was a funeral that required police men and airplanes.
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3/28/2017 9:01:45(2:15)MorrisonJosue LeeIt is a very sad song about the death of this loved one.UnknownThe readerThe situation of the poem is a a funeral, where they telling the reader to keep silence and to mourn for the death of the loved one.I am not very sure which line is the major thought, but I think is in stanza 3 line 12.Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Meditates on mortalityExpresses lossExpresses griefI was doing my research and the effect that use here is that the speaker doesn't really say any name or may be the speaker assume that everyone know his name. May be the funeral it was a private or public. It's anonymous.SymbolMetaphorPersonificationHyperboleHyperbolesad/mournful, somber/grim/grave, angry/bitter/offended, ironicBring out the coffin, let the mourners come" (line 4), "He is Dead" (line 6), "I thought that love would last for ever" (line 12). "The stars are not wanted now" (line 13), "dismantle", "For nothing can ever come to any good" (line 16). activity to inertiaThe central viewpoint is about death of a loved one in a funeral. May be the speaker really love this person that it was his everything.
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3/28/2017 11:52:45(2:15)MorrisonShareefa RahimThe title of the poem tells you the theme of the poem will be depressing because of the word "funeral" or maybe more melancholy and low spirited because of "the blues". A femaleThe readerThe situation is a funeral, the speaker is in mourning for a male they had love.I'm not sure.Meditates on mortalityCommands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses lossExpresses griefI think the message is to god, because the speaker is comparing the decease to god, or for the people of the world saying god is dead.PersonificationMetaphorHyperboleSymbolHyperboleaffectionate/loving/caring, sad/mournfulThe title gave away a lot of the tone, "funeral blues", but when you begin to read the poem begins to reflect on the title. Line 4 states, "Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come." the tone is sad and mournful, especially when you continue to read how much the speaker loves the deceased. Line 9 "He was my North, my South, my East and West." this is where tone changed to an affectionate mourning.  activity to inertiathe central viewpoint of this poem is love can withstand dead. You can't stop death, but love will stay even with death.
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3/28/2017 13:00:30(2:15)morrisonJessica TaurasiIt shows me that it could be a song about heartache and sadness during a funeral or about a funeralA femaleThose attending the funeralthe situation in the poem is the moment at a funeral where there's a moment in time of feeling of grief of when a love one has passed and you feel as though there is nothing good that is left in the worldim not sure, but my guess would be line 9, 12 and 16.Commands our attention to focus on the deceased Expresses lossMeditates on mortalityExpresses griefI'm not sure, but if I had to guess I guess the speaker in the story wants for all to know that He is dead.PersonificationMetaphorPersonificationSymbolPersonificationsad/mournful, somber/grim/graveGrief sound to lightI guess that love doesnt last forever because of death.
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