ENGLISH 2I06 Lecture Notes - London Can Take It!, Roland Barthes, National Myth

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Myth does not deny things on the contrary its function is to talk about them it makes them innocent eternal and natural justification. It gives things a clarity which is not that of an explanation but rather a fact. It gives them the simplicity of essences it does away with all dialectic with what is immediately visible. A world wide openit establishes a blissful clarify. Evident (things appear to mean something by themselves ) Like orwell, he is definitely situated within the mid 20th century. Auden participates in myth making and is also skeptical about it. He was a poet, critic, and professor. He travelled widely; including to germany; spain; iceland; china. After 1939, resided primarily in the us. Lyric voice (i subject position; vs. eliot"s doctrine of impersonality) Borrows from his predecessors (again contrast with eliot; not fragmentation, but rather the close reworking of inherited rhyme schemes, metrical patterns, and topics) Leading to national declaration of war by england.

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