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Rosetta is additionally a mixed portrait of Auden and Rhoda Jaffe. She is Jewish, like Rhoda has labored as a consumer for a division shop, and has, like Auden, a deep nostalgia for the English nation-state. The 4 strangers spend a protracted evening in dialog. Their quest for that means and neighborhood leads them right into a dream area of parallel meditations at the process lifestyles (“The Seven Ages”), and into a fair extra summary quest, in poetic shape, for a misplaced Eden (“The Seven Stages”), which Auden in response to the sefirot, reworking the 10 attributes to seven and associating them with seven components of the physique. those reveries are interrupted by way of disembodied debts of warfare from the radio. The protagonists then take a taxi again to Rosetta’s condo in “a temper of discouragement,” reflecting that neither nature nor humankind can have survived lengthy with out “some semi-divine stranger” coming to their relief at times as rescuer. within the taxi, mourning the demise of this legendary hero, “Our misplaced dad, / Our gigantic father,” they chant a dirge in a single voice (“Sob, heavy global, / Sob as you spin”). as soon as at Rosetta’s residence, they're made up our minds to “banish such gloomy reflections. ” At this “masque,” they back drink, sing off-color songs, dance, and proceed their philosophical musings. Dancing jointly, Emble and Rosetta kindle romantic emotions; one of those mock bridal ceremony is enacted. Malin and Quant tactfully leave. however the romance isn't really consummated: Rosetta unearths Emble handed out on her mattress. after all the 4 cross their separate methods, doubtless as on my own as earlier than. but after failing to get well the legendary Eden they felt they'd misplaced, knowing that no semi-divine hero will come to their rescue, and that romance is transitory, the Christian Malin and the Jewish Rosetta become aware of, underneath the vacancy, whatever like religion. Overcoming the nervousness in their disconnectedness, they consider the presence of God’s watchfulness, in an Epilogue that echoes Psalm 139: In our pain we fight To elude Him, to deceive Him, but His love observes His appalling promise . . . Minding our meanings, our least subject pricey to Him (Malin) even though I fly to Wall highway Or Publisher’s Row, or move out, or Submerge in tune, or marry good, Marooned on riches, He’ll be correct there together with his eye upon me (Rosetta) Auden students think that Rosetta’s speech instantly previous this Epilogue is the 1st specific poetic reference in English to the Holocaust: . . . for we're His selected, His ragged remnant with our ripe flesh And our hats on, despatched out of the room . . . time-tormented yet His humans nonetheless. Her phrases culminate within the conventional Hebrew: Sh’ma’ Yisra’el. Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad. [Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is One! ] regardless of its size and daunting complexity, The Age of tension grew to become celebrated presently upon its e-book. Auden used to be featured in Time journal, and the poem gained the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1948. The name itself looked as if it would catch the postwar temper.