Love Itself is Wonderful
Love is something that people can’t understand or explain it easily. People in love are often confused and blind. They love but they do not know why they love. Over time, the essence of love still exists, so love is always an inspiration in poetry. Wysfan H. Auden’s “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” is one of the literary poems that are inspired by love. Beyond its subject of love, however, the language, the voice, and the imagery in the poem also suggest that the speaker’s life becomes hopeless after the speaker’s love is gone forever. To foreshadow something separate and fierce to the poem’s speaker, a series of contrasting words are used at the beginning.
Life is symbolized in the clock, and communication is symbolized in the telephone, and the speaker refuses both of them without restraint. The fact that the speaker isolates themselves from everything implies the state of being shocked. The verbs, such as “stop”, “cut off”, and “silence”, that stick to inanimate things like “the clock”, “the telephone” and “the piano” respectively portray the shots in which the speaker seems not to suffer any longer (1-3). What the speaker must suffer is also explained in the first stanza; “bring out the coffin, let the mourners come” (4). The speaker’s heart is broken because someone who is very close to them just passed away.
Because birth, age, illness, and death are rotating in human life, people dying is inevitable. However, death in this poem is not that normal. Instead, it is the reason that brings the speaker down, makes them isolate themselves from the world, and causes their misery. If the deceased has such an influence to the speaker, the speaker’s love for the deceased must be endless. Otherwise, the speaker cannot be so sad that “let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead / scribing on the sky the message He Is Dead” (5-6). Although the language in the first two stanzas reflects sadness, the speaker’s sadness in the second stanza...