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by W.H. Auden

Lullaby Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What are the speaker's religious beliefs? How can you tell what they are (or are not)?
  2. Is this poem specifically about homosexuality in some serious way? Or is it just a love poem that happens to be written by a gay poet?
  3. What's up with the lovers, the hermit, and the madmen? Why do they find their way into this intimate love poem?
  4. When the speaker stops speaking to his sleeping beloved, who does he begin speaking to?
  5. How does the poem's form (its meter, rhyme scheme, etc.) affect its meaning?
  6. What is the effect of all of the poem's enjambments?

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