Reminds me of
‘they lost their pride /
And died as men before their bodies died’,
as Auden wrote in ‘The Shield of Achilles’.
Just before that Auden has this:
The mass and majesty of this world, all
That carries weight and always weighs the same
Lay in the hands of others;
which portion was quoted as epigraph in Seamus Heaney’s ‘A Stove Lid for W. H. Auden’, which in turn makes me wonder where it all leads to.
Auden depicts in the said poem one
who’d never heard
Of any world where promises were kept,
Or one could weep because another wept.
which leads me to wonder yet more about the world.