Funeral Blues (Stop All The Clocks) Poem

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Funeral Blues (Stop All The Clocks) Poem
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This Poem, ‘Funeral Blues,’ often better known by it’s first line, ‘Stop All The Clocks,’ by WH Auden, was famous before it appeared in the film, ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral,’ being read by actor John  Hannah, playing the part of Matthew.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Wikipedia, says about the writer:

Wystan Hugh Auden  21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, and is regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Funeral Blues (Stop all the clocks) is copyright W H Auden, 1937 and if often requested as part of an individual’s funeral planning.

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