Poetry Explication:"The Shield of Achilles
The Shield of Achilles belongs to W.H.Audens collection The Shield of Achilles published in 1955. The classical myth of Achilles is employed by Auden to exemplify the contrast between the valiant past and unheroic present. The myth of the past is juxtaposed with the reality of the present.
Theme of the Poem
The poem is thematically quite similar to Eliots Wasteland in its depiction of a world devoid of principles and ethics that in its march for success has lost the true meaning of life as echoed in phrases like an unintelligible multitude, column by column in a cloud of dust. etc. The Homeric myth is rendered into an allegory of the contemporary times. A... View More »