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Refugee Blues Summary & Analysis
by W. H. Auden

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“Refugee Blues” was written by the British poet W.H. Auden. First published in 1939, on the eve of World War II, the poem meditates on the plight of Jewish refugees—forced to flee Nazi Germany, but unable to find refuge elsewhere. As the poem does so, it raises broader questions about isolation, loneliness, and exile. It depicts the trauma and pain of being forced to leave home—and of being unable to find a place of safety and security in a violent and uncertain world.

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