This could be because of the writing style of the poem, and how it flows with the setting. H Auden was born in York, England, in Yet it is not just that, the poet does not want to appreciate the beauty, at least not alone.
This poem uses no language that is out of the ordinary, and is in no way controversial. I feel that the "muffled drum" represents the gloomy, dullness of the situation; the sound of mourning.
Auden Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Characters' views on…. A main source of communication available at a moments notice, it may sit silent for a time, but its sudden ring will interrupt our day and demand immediate attention.