Explain a way you think W. H. Auden\’s \”The Unknown Citizen\” (1939) relates to Stephen Crane\’s \”The Open Boat\” (1897). Discuss evidence (i.e., quote or paraphrase specific lines) from both the poem and story to support the connection you make between the texts.
Narrator, point of view, symbol, irony, and theme are some literary terms worth seeing the definitions in the glossaries that are in \”Course Documents.\” For Auden\’s poem, for example, who do you imagine is speaking? Do you trust the speaker\’s point of view?
On page 4 of Crane\’s story, there is a brief epigraph about the sinking of the steamer Commodore. Crane was a journalist on the steamship when it sank, and the story was at least inspired by the experience.