Crux of Musee des Beaux Arts
  • September 28, 2022
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What is the crux of Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts”? What makes human suffering insignificant to mankind?

W. H. Auden was a Twentieth Century Poet. He was born in New York England, in 1907 and died in 1973. W. H. Auden poem “Musee des Beaux Arts” written in 1938. He saw Pieter Breughel’s paintings and got amazed by the inner message of the paintings.  It is a lyrical poem. The pome has 21 lines.

Crux of Musee des Beaux Arts

The crux of Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” is Human Suffering, War, Old Masters, Art, and Truth. This is the source of Aden’s crux or problems. “Musee des Beaux-Arts” is a poem about human suffering, tragedy, and anguish, rather than the lives of those who suffer and those who do not. The world of painting, specifically the work of the old masters, serves as the vehicle for this.

There are children in Pomeroy who do not want a miracle to happen, despite the older generation who are sincerely hoping for a good time. They continue skating on the ice, oblivious to one-time events. With chilling isolation, the speaker said that there should always be a gap between young and old. A little further on, the philosopher, the lucky speaker silently asserted that no matter how terrible the martyrdom may be, it must be traversed in some backwater away from the noise of the crowd. Pom reinforces the idea of separating people who work or play during disasters or misfortunes elsewhere. It has an irony, which captures the speaker in a subtle, matter-of-fact manner. The dramatic fall of Icarus into the sea was not a significant failure for man; It made no impression on a fleeting ship to go anywhere; No response.

In human life, we look at each other and see how beautiful ordinary life is but we are totally good they are always looking at those who are in a bad position and feel how good we are but the problem is that we can only look at people but those feelings are of no use in life.

humans are always in trouble and in that trouble, people find people. We can see people as human beings. We want to benefit people, but the desire to be able to benefit others by solving their own problems remains. And inside the poem, we can see that Imagination makes us realize how much pain people suffer but it is not self-sufficient because human life is as difficult as it is easy.

Through the eyes of a viewer of old paintings, Auden’s poem explores the idea that, as human beings, we consciously carry out our known and worldly responsibilities as long as we can, even if we are aware that someone is suffering.

by Md. Rabby Sharif Ador


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