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The Unknown Citizen essay

Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.(N) The Unknown Citizen was written by Wystan Hugh Auden in 1939. He was born in York, England, in 1907 and died in Vienna in 1973. The title of the poem parodies a marble monument which was dedicated for the Unknown Soldier that stands for the thousands of unknown soldiers who die for serve their country. “(To JS/07 M 378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State)” in the beginning of the poem means that “JS/07 M 378” is how the state identified them only by arbitrary numbers and letters, not personal names. Auden wants to portray soldiers as ideal citizens in a government-controlled state who risks their lives for serve…