Study Guide

The Unknown Citizen Tough-O-Meter

By W. H. Auden

Tough-O-Meter

(2) Sea Level

Ah, Auden. This poem is so simple, yet so intelligent. It takes a great writer to pull that off. The poem has hardly any metaphors and only a handful of historical vocab words. It sounds like something that a clueless bureaucrat could have written…if he wanted to write a wicked satire of himself.