Love and Time in W.H. Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening”

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Love and Time in W.H. Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening”
W.H. Auden’s poem from 1940, “As I Walked Out One Evening,” describes the narrator’s walk through the streets of his town using metaphors that comment on the quick movement of time. In particular, Auden focuses on using parts of the natural world that surrounds the narrator to describe the song that a lover sings to his beloved, about the way that “love has no ending” (Auden, line 8). To contest this, the clocks in the city sing a song of their own that shows that no matter how much the lovers might want to stop time, humans are still subject to time’s tricks and will never be able to outlast time. Auden uses the objects, animals, and people that someone might see while walking...
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.....eir life and their loves, while at the same time looking forward to the death that awaits them. The message is a bittersweet one, and one most people end up learning at some point or another.
Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening” is a poem that points out some of the greatest joys and some of the worst pains of living as a human being. Framed around the idea of two competing songs, one from a lover and the other from city clocks, the poem uses representations from the natural world to describe love as timeless even while the ticking of the clocks show that the time of our lives is running out, minute by minute. The poem shares a poignant mixture of hope and sadness with the reader, pushing us to strive for love against the movement of time.