Jonathan Davila
English 4, P.4
May 21, 2010

                                       Writers of Era

        Many people co...
two lovers in school and made him realize they had infinite value to him and this

influenced him to one day return to Ang...
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Charles Dickens & W.H. Auden

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Poetry Essay

  1. 1. Jonathan Davila English 4, P.4 May 21, 2010 Writers of Era Many people could write poems and stories that have meaning, but it takes a good writer to demonstrate they are a product of their time. Charles Dickens and W.H. Auden are both writers who demonstrate this with their stories and poems. Both of these individuals have the values to demonstrate they can write about things that affected them in their life and are able to show us that they are products of their time. Their poems and stories are based mostly on time and how we should learn to appreciate life, because time could end anytime and we see the end of our lives. These authors tell us to think about the present instead of the past or future therefore we will be able to see the world as others see it. Charles Dickens writings were based mostly on his childhood memories and of his photographic memory of the people and events that he would use in his writing. When he was a child his father’s economic status affected him and these experiences of the newly industrialized society played a major role is his writings. In The Signalman, Dickens states that, “Ah! it was a dreadful time, sir. I never left off calling to him.” (Dickens 748) The signalman’s death was a mistake which made it an unfortunate event in the story. This can relate to how he may have been feeling after his father was put in jail. We get the idea that as a child he felt terrible about his father’s economic status and how it affected him in life. W.H. Auden was influenced by his experiences in the political and economic unrest that took place in Berlin that became one of his central subjects. He one day saw
  2. 2. two lovers in school and made him realize they had infinite value to him and this influenced him to one day return to Anglican Church. In his poem As I Walked Out One Evening, Auden states, “Love has no ending.”(Auden 8) This gives us the idea that no matter how many years have passed love will always remain the same. When Auden first saw the lovers at the school he must have realized that love was an infinite emotion that would be felt for the rest of time. Both of these writers experienced events that made an impact on their writings. For example, Dickens was influenced by his father’s economic status and how he struggled as a child. Auden saw two lovers and realized that had value that could never end. These writers are similar because of the events they experienced helped them to write their stories and poems. They have similar writings in which they express how time affects life and how we should cherish the time we have left. These two writers truly show us how they are products of their time through their writings and how they are able to express their feelings for what time really means and how we should appreciate life.

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