On “The Unknown Citizen”

The tomb of the unknown soldier. (Image from Wikipedia commons)

The poem, “The Unknown Citizen (To JS/07/M/378) This Marble Monument is Erected by the State”, (By Wysten Hugh Auden) is more than merely the thoughts of a reflective visitor at the grave of the Unknown Soldier.  It is a poetic comment on the state of namelessness the United States society creates for its citizens.  Wysten Hugh Auden uses sarcastic irony to comment on the binding attitude society has taken–the attitude of a society that refuses to see anything wrong with itself. Continue reading