Why is the unknown citizen unknown?

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Identity. By definition, the Unknown Citizen has no identity. With the related concept of the Unknown Soldier, it is the soldier’s physical remains, or dead body, that cannot be identified.
There is no tomb at Arlington for an unknown soldier from the Civil War. In the case of the unknown citizen of the poem, someone has died unknown because of the conformity that was imposed upon him by the government and society, a conformity he seems to have embraced, not worthy of our respect.
The Unknown Citizen is both satirical and disturbing, written by Auden to highlight the role of the individual and the increasingly faceless bureaucracy that can arise in any country, with any type of government, be it left-wing or right-wing.
The unknown citizen was neither happy nor free. The poem raises this question at the end of the poem and then calls it “absurd,” saying: Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

Also, who is the unknown citizen of the poem title? The title of Auden’s poem parodies this. Thus ‘The Unknown Citizen’ means the ordinary average citizen in the modern industrialized urban society. He has no individuality and identity. He has no desire for self-assertion.

What is the meaning of Auden?

How does Auden describe the unknown citizen?

What does the Bureau of Statistics say about the unknown citizen?

How does the epitaph help establish the voice by which the rest of the poem is spoken?

What is the author’s not the speaker’s purpose in writing this poem the unknown citizen?

What is the purpose of the poem The Unknown Citizen?

What is Auden satirizing in the unknown citizen?

Has anything been wrong we should certainly have heard?

What kind of information does the speaker provide about the deceased?

How does the state identify the unknown citizen?

What is the tone of the poem The Unknown Citizen?

Why does the speaker refer to the unknown citizen as a saint?

Who is speaking in the unknown citizen?

What is the irony in the unknown citizen?

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