For Thomas, modern art moves away from plain objectivity and towards impressionism and subjectivity, often leaving the reader engrossed in confusion and disjoint. In contrast, Auden's idea of art in the modern world surfaces as an attempt to bring unity and coherence into an otherwise fragmented, suffering modern world.
It is all too common for modern literary works from the 1930s and 1940s to exude human suffering, and Thomas's "The Hunchback in the ParkaE is no different. Thomas opens a window into one man's world, letting the reader get a glimpse of a hunchback's daily life living chained in a park. Thomas describes the hunchback as, "... a solitary mister...drinking water from the chained cup that the children filled with gravel...(he) slept at night in a dog kennel...aE (lines 2-9). The children, perhaps unknowing of the anguish they exact, relentlessly make a mockery of the hunchback. Thomas writes, "And Mister they called Hey mister the truant boys from the town running when he had heard them clearly on out of sound past lake and rockery laughing when he shook his paper hunchbacked in mockery...dodging the park keeperaE (lines 15-23). The tragic c