Auden himself said \"In so far as poetry, or any of the arts, can be said to have an ulterior purpose, it is, by telling the truth, to disenchant and disintoxicate.\"
He went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels and found this idea confirmed by the paintings.
3 scenes (probably from Breughel), the birth of Christ (miraculous birth), death of Christ (dreadful martyrdom) and the tragic myth of Icarus, are examples of this disenchantment.
These are just three random events, blown up by human beings themselves, to the extent in which we know them today. They have \'a human position\', just like us, they could have passed unnoticed, even so often, they could have been famous. In those paintings, they are depicted somewhere at the sideline, as part of a whole, not in the center.
Auden stresses the relativity of everything, demystifies what we, as human beings, once made seem so important..: :.
This poem is a criticism over the indifferent attitude of the people in society, in front of whom there are a lot of miseries but they never bother about that. they always remain indifferent as if there is nothing going in front of them. The poem presents a realistic image of the modern world. As in the poem the plougman takes no notice of the splash and the suicide of the boy. In this way, the poem points towards the miseries in the world; where people have no time to communicate with each other; they are reificated and alienated and they forget to take care of others.Musèe Des Beaux Arts” by W.H Auden uncovered the lack of interest in which people have toward miraculous or insignificant events that happens around them. He portrays that minor moments in life which seem to be miracles to some, are simply ignored by others because they are none of their business. People do not bother to pay attention on an individual or any other subjects that are not in their interest, but rather themselves. Auden develops the irony in the context to compare the reality of the outside...