In the movie ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’, Morrie quotes Auden’s poem ‘we must love one another or die’. This quote comes from Auden’s poem ‘September 1, 1939’. The theme of this poem is War. Auden wrote this poem during the outbreak of World War 2.
The poem purposely echoes the stanza form of W.B Yeats’s “Easter 1916”, which is another poem about an important historical event. Like Yeats’ poem, Auden’s moves from a description of historical failures to a possible transformation in the present or future.
Until the two final stanzas, the poem briefly describes the social and personal reasons that has brought about the outbreak of war.
The final two stanzas shift radically in tone and content, turning to the truth that the poet can tell, “We must love one another or die.”