W.H. Auden’s Poem “Say the City Has Ten Million Souls,” A Discourse of Displacement

Asma Zahoor


Analysis of Auden's (1939) poem, "Say This city Has Ten Million Souls" provides the opportunity for connecting the social precepts of place and displacement offered by Aschcroft et al (1989) for explaining the plight of the refugee as marginalized by the host society in different eras of human history. In doing so, the poem becomes a lens for understanding the use of Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis Model for assessing the three dimensions of literature. The outcome of the following academic discussion provides a tapestry of the psychological, emotional, and social, challenges of the human as the refugee expressed in this poem and universality of the same even in the recent literature.

Keywords: place, displacement, refugee, literature.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v3i5.605

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v3i5.605.g1468

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