“Refugee Blues” by W. H. Auden
In the poem, “Refugee Blues” by W. H. Auden, the author reveals the tone of despair through figurative language and sound devices. In the poem, the author inspects the refugees as they transport over to the U.S. and England during the 1900s. The situation being described is the Holocaust. The author is describing what he sees and the author is putting his feet into the refugees' feet and describing the different types of events that the refugees are going through. The author is neither a German nor a Jew, the author is American. The lines “Thought I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky;/It was Hitler over Europe, saying: 'They must die';” is an example of a metaphor. The metaphor is comparing the thunder to Hitler, describing how rough, loud, and rude he was being to the German Jews.
Metaphor in the Text
In the extraessay review metaphor represents the tone of unaccepted because Hitler wants every German Jew to die and the Jews do not have time to escape. They have nowhere to go and will be sent into camps, and eventually die. They are unaccepted by Hitler because Hitler is trying to kill all of them. The line “'If you've got no passport, you're officially dead';” is an example of an extended metaphor. The extended metaphor is comparing the lack of a passport and a lack of freedom. The extended metaphor contributes to the tone of being unaccepted because if the Jews don’t have a passport, they are recognized as unknown. They are being unaccepted to the German community and are being defined as ‘dead’. The lines in the paper writing service reviews “Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin,/Saw a door opened and a cat let in:/But they weren't German Jews, my dear, but they weren't German Jews.” is an example of personification. The personification gives the cat a human feature because normally animals are caged and seen as stray, but they were let in the door. The personification helps explain the tone unaccepted because instead of letting the German Jews in, they prefer to let in a “stray”. They don’t want the Jews and prefer to let animals in instead. As expressed through the quotes, the German Jews were unaccepted through the figurative language and sound devices. Now the readers know that it was hard for the Jews to find a place to live due to the way that they were being treated.