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Bui 1 Adam Bui Mr. Hergott ENG 4U June 16, 2015 FINAL EXAM!!!!!!! Part One - Sight Poem The poem provided is about a savage world that inevitably ends with death by which we were all destined to be in heaven anyways. This poem contains many elements to it that gives it an ambience for a bloodthirsty world. The poet makes use of diction, poetic devices, allusions. The diction in this poem allows the reader to vividly interpret what the poet is trying to convey. An example of this is in stanza four. The poet describes “butterflies singing a silent hymn, / moths our coffin-bearers, / the raven our grave-digger, / the trees our headstones, their roots our casket” (12-16). Each word at the end of each line gives the reader a better sense of what the poet is talking about. If the poet were to blatantly say that “You are going to die and get buried in a coffin” it would be less effect due to the monotonous nature of it. Accompanying the diction is the use of poetic devices in this stanza. The poet uses clear and obvious metaphors in the entire stanza comparing each creature on Earth to a specific part of a funeral: Butterflies to song, moths to those who carry the coffin, ravens to those who dig our grave, trees to our grave marker, and roots to our coffin that has been buried. This poem also contains allusions to Hamlet; one line stanzas directly quoting Hamlet. Each Hamlet quote is from Act 5 Scene 1 where Hamlet confirms the grave of the gravedigger. For those who are familiar with Hamlet, and as it has been studied this semester the effectiveness of the poem is increased because it supplements the poem with the necessary information to understand it. This poem deserves to qualify as a “Top Ten Poem for Ages” for it’s ability to create a vivid story of life and death within one’s head. Part Two - Literary Essay LiveorPi: Survival of the Fittest Though
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