About suffering they were never wrong.
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening
a window or just walking dully along;
n W. H. Auden, “Musee des Beaux Arts”
is a general term. What is a general term that sums up the detail in line 4?
2. Compare line 4 with the following:
While someone else is not suffering;
Why is Auden’s line more effective?
Substitute the word laziness for suffering in line one of the poem. Now rewrite line four to complete the following:
While someone else is __________________________
Your new line should give details about
the opposite condition of laziness. Use
Auden’s line as a model.