The poem we read today in class, “Death by Water”, from The Waste Land by TS Eliot, is here recited by Ted Hughes, another great English poet of the 20th century.
You did a good job at interpreting this piece, as well as Auden’s. I have another question for you, which slipped my mind today. Why, if the poem is using the past (forgot, rose, fell, picked) suddenly switches to the present in passes the stages of his age and youth? This is the kind of things students should not do, as it breaks tense coherence, but a poet can break the rules for expressive purposes? Which ones, in this case?