Perception Is In The Eye Of The Behoder We Are Told (Based On The Short Story Of K.Mansfield And A Poem Of Wh Auden)

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Both a short story by Katherine Mansfield and a poem by WH Auden present beautiful pieces of literature, filled with fine, captivating descriptions and high sensibility. They both make us look at some things, that we have already seen or observed before in a different way, through the eyes of the authors. Both of the writers transform their perception to the readers in a picturesque, delicate way , leaving no doubt that the perception is in the eye of the beholder we are told.A short story " Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield tells the readers about one afternoon from the life of Miss Brill. The readers do not have much information about Miss Brill: it is only known that she is already not young, she gives some English lessons, and that she enjoys observing people. But even before this short information about this lady is provided, the readers are already familiar with the world of Miss Brill's senses: they already know how she perceives a nice Sunday afternoon, what colors has the sky that she looks at, and the air that Miss Brill breathes smells and tastes : for her it is "...like a chill from a glass of iced water before you sip, and now and again a leaf came drifting".The readers also know how nice it feels to take an old fur out of box and to touch it again...From the very beginning of the story the author creates a sense of presence; the pictures described are so vivid that the readers receive a feeling of being the eye-witnesses of that Sunday afternoon.Later on the readers get acquainted with some other people, listening to the band along with Miss Brill. But once again, no actual information is provided about those people, the "acquaintance" occurs through the perception of Miss Brill. Old people, sitting on the bench, couples, little children, a beautiful lady, throwing a bunch of violets away-all those people appear to the readers in a way Miss Brill sees them, her attitude towards them is passed on to the readers, and the readers take the Miss Brill's perception as their own.The sounds of the Sunday band are described in a very fine and enchanting way as well. The readers experience how Miss Brill's music perception changes as her emotions change: "for although the band played all...

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