Both a short story by Katherine Mansfield and a poem by WH Auden present gorgeous pieces of literature, filled with fine, fascinating descriptions and high sensibility. They both make us look at some things, that we have currently seen or observed prior to in a different method, through the eyes of the authors. Both of the writers transform their perception to the readers in a picturesque, fragile way, leaving no doubt that the perception is in the eye of the beholder we are told.
A short story” Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield tells the readers about one afternoon from the life of Miss Brill. The readers do not have much info about Miss Brill: it is just known that she is already not young, she offers some English lessons, and that she delights in observing people. But even prior to this short info about this lady is provided, the readers are already acquainted with the world of Miss Brill’s senses: they already know how she views a good Sunday afternoon, what colors has the sky that she looks at, and the air that Miss Brill breathes smells and tastes: for her it is “… like a chill from a glass of iced water prior to you drink, and once in a while a leaf came drifting”. The readers also know how good it feels to take an old fur out of box and to touch it once again … From the very beginning of the story the author creates a sense of presence; the photos explained are so vibrant that the readers get a sensation of being the eye-witnesses of that Sunday afternoon.
Later the readers get familiarized with some other people, listening to the band along with Miss Brill. Once again, no actual information is provided about those people, the “acquaintance” takes place through the understanding of Miss Brill. Old people, resting on the bench, couples, little children, a beautiful girl, tossing a bunch of violets away-all those people appear to the readers in such a way Miss Brill sees them, her mindset towards them is handed down to the readers, and the readers take the Miss Brill’s perception as their own.The noises of the Sunday band are explained in a very great and captivating method too. The readers experience how Miss Brill’s music understanding modifications as her emotions modification: “for although the band played all the year round onSundays, out of season it was never ever the exact same”. Maybe to some other person all the noises played by the band would seem the exact same, or they would change in some other way, however the readers perceive it the way Miss Brill feels about it. The sensation that Miss Brill has after hearing the conversation of a young couple is likewise described with the aid of images: the way it is illustrated how Miss Brill declines from her standard piece of honey-cake and put her beloved fur back into package makes the readers see how she was feeling.
The poem “Musee des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden gives the readers the author’s perception of some work of arts. In a delicate method it is described how crucial is every detail of those paintings, how much meaning is consisted of in every movement of the brush. The author persuades the readers, that the ancient painters truly “comprehended
its human position”. W.H. Auden has a great present to see the whole story behind the parts of the paintings, and the readers discover to comprehend the sense of the details of works of art also. While checking out the poem the readers see (perhaps even for the very first time, although they might have seen the painting before) that the water, the sun, the sky, and the ship in the work of art of Brueghel all are integrated in an unique, a well-though method, in order to add to the general message the painter wanted to reveal. By looking at this painting W.H. Auden can even hear “splash, the forsaken cry”, and his vision is so convincing, that after reading the poem it is hard to picture that someone might not hear those sounds … W.H. Auden does not merely inform the readers about the paintings or about their significances, he makes them see the images so clearly, as if the mentioned paintings were right behind their eyes. Like Katherine Mansfield, W.H. Auden creates in readers a feeling of presence, making them to perceive things through his eyes.
Therefore, it is seen that both of the authors have a terrific talent for creating terrific brilliant images without going into numerous words. They make their images talk, they share their senses with readers, and their works leave a pleasant aftertaste, proving that the understanding is in the eye of the beholder we are informed.