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1)Why does the narrator of Paul Muldoonâ€™s â€œMeeting the Britishâ€ find it strange that he is â€œcalling out in Frenchâ€? How is this related to Muldoon himself? How is the Irish problem internationalized in Muldoonâ€™s â€œMeeting the Britishâ€? Discuss.
2)W.H. Audenâ€™s â€œThe Shield of Achillesâ€ is a depiction of totalitarian state in a postwar (World War II) world. Itâ€™s bleak view of the world is mitigated by the poemâ€™s religious (Christian) dimension. Which two stanzas (give the stanza numbers) bring into the poem its religious dimension? Which Christian event is replaced by a modern event. Which line in these two stanzas points toward some sort of redemption, an expression of Christian Godâ€™s provision of free-will? Discuss how these stanzas add a religious meaning to the poem and relate your discussion to this mitigating line.
3)Why do you think W.H. Auden rejects the depiction of heroic view of life in Art in â€œThe Shield of Achillesâ€? How does he dramatize his position? What is he arguing for? What is the true/proper role of art and poetry? Discuss.
4)In which two stanzas (give their numbers) does Achilles (the symbol of virtuous warrior) transform? How does the phrase â€œIron-hearted man-slaying Achillesâ€ sound like to the reader? Discuss.
5)Is Audenâ€™s â€œMusee des Beaux Artsâ€ about humanityâ€™s general indifferenceâ€”because of its workaday ferocityâ€”to individual human suffering in its midst? Why does Auden set â€œmiracle of incarnationâ€ against the problem of â€œsufferingâ€? Why and how is â€œNativityâ€ in â€œMusee des Beaux Artsâ€ marginalized? Discuss.