10 of the most famous poems in the English Literature (VII)

Hi there! Today we bring you a beautiful, touching, stirring poem by W.H. Auden. We have no introductory questions or comments, we will let the poem do the talking.

‘Funeral Blues’ or “Stop all the clocks”

Poet:  W. H. Auden

Published: 1938

Excerpt: 

He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

 

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Quick fact: 

This poem had no official title when it was initially published but it’s now popularly known as ‘Funeral Blues’ or “Stop all the clocks” and has become one of the most famous funeral elegies in the world thanks largely to the 1994 film Four Weddings and a FuneralYou can listen to the whole poem in this moving scene from the film.

You can also read an analysis of the poem here, and if you are interested in reading about the poet, you can do it here.

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