Change Essay

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Have you ever felt out of place and hoped to be accepted? Or perhaps, your beliefs were different than others and you just wanted change? This is what the two authors of the poems I will compare in this essay felt. “September 1, 1939” by W.H. Auden was written right after the start of World War II. Auden uses the war and what America was facing to convey his true feelings without literally expressing them. During this time period, writers had to be very careful. If misunderstood the consequences could have been major. “Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg evokes Walt Whitman, an American poet, to assist in explaining Ginsberg’s true feelings and hopes for America. Ginsberg has very strong beliefs but his playful writing allows the audience to openly receive the message. Both authors struggled with America’s way of life and used poetry to disguise their true feelings. They hoped for change, meanwhile avoiding the criticism that might follow.
“September 1, 1939” was a poem that could have caused many controversies, especially for its author. Auden was a very skillful writer that was able to express his homosexuality without alarming the audience, in a period that did not accept his sexual preference. The poem starts off with Auden sitting in a bar in New York thinking about the causes of the war and about democracy. He then takes into account the other people at the bar and he discusses love. After that he realizes that he has a voice and ends with him stating his hopes. During this time in America, homosexuality was a disease that was looked down upon and could have very serious repercussions. Auden was very aware of this and afraid that someone might be able to truly understand the meaning of the poem. After its initial publication, Auden removed several stanzas including the stanza that ended in the famous line, "We must love one another or die" (587). This line captured so much. Auden attempted to express his hopes for change and acceptance. He wished the American people would understand his lifestyle. No more hiding or pretending to be someone he was not. Unfortunately, Auden was not successful and homosexuality was still an idea that Americans could not wrap their heads around. Because of this, Auden chose to omit this poem from future collections and refused permissions to reprint this poem. Till the time of death, Auden believed this poem was garbage and he was very ashamed of it.
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