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Unformatted text preview: The​ ​poem​ ​“A​ ​Great​ ​Man’s​ ​House,”​ ​by​ ​Wislawa​ ​Szymborska,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of poetry​ ​that​ ​emphasizes​ ​the​ ​reality​ ​of​ ​life​ ​by​ ​comparing​ ​and​ ​contrasting​ ​the​ ​great man’s​ ​life​ ​to​ ​other's​ ​lives.​ ​Despite​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​he​ ​lived​ ​an​ ​incredible​ ​life,​ ​he encountered​ ​similar​ ​things​ ​that​ ​a​ ​normal,​ ​everyday​ ​person​ ​goes​ ​through.​ ​Because of​ ​this,​ ​it​ ​allows​ ​the​ ​readers​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​to​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​that​ ​regardless​ ​of what​ ​roads​ ​we​ ​take,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​all​ ​end​ ​up​ ​dying​ ​and​ ​leaving​ ​this​ ​world. This​ ​free​ ​lyric​ ​poem​ ​comprises​ ​of​ ​7​ ​stanzas​ ​uncovering​ ​the​ ​cycle​ ​of​ ​life​ ​by recounting​ ​his​ ​story.​ ​The​ ​voice,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​a​ ​teacher,​ ​does​ ​this​ ​by​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​on a​ ​journey​ ​through​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man’s​ ​eyes​ ​by​ ​observing​ ​his​ ​house​ ​and​ ​possessions,​ ​to judge​ ​on​ ​the​ ​off​ ​chance​ ​that​ ​he​ ​was​ ​really​ ​a​ ​"great"​ ​man.​ ​Not​ ​many​ ​emotions appear​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​poem,​ ​which​ ​shows​ ​that​ ​the​ ​voice​ ​has​ ​no​ ​personal connection​ ​with​ ​the​ ​“great”​ ​man.​ ​ ​Right​ ​from​ ​the​ ​start,​ ​Szymborska​ ​provides​ ​a poetic​ ​device​ ​using​ ​"A​ ​Great​ ​Man's​ ​House”​ ​as​ ​the​ ​poem’s​ ​title.​ ​This​ ​title​ ​is​ ​an synecdoche​ ​because​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man’s​ ​house​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man’s​ ​life.​ ​This​ ​title is​ ​appropriate​ ​for​ ​the​ ​poem​ ​because​ ​society​ ​judges​ ​people​ ​on​ ​their​ ​achievements​ ​in life​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​things​ ​they​ ​possess​ ​and​ ​not​ ​what​ ​they​ ​are​ ​like​ ​and​ ​how​ ​they​ ​act. Szymborska​ ​starts​ ​out​ ​by​ ​stating,​ ​“It​ ​was​ ​written​ ​in​ ​marble​ ​in​ ​golden​ ​letters:​ ​here​ ​a great​ ​man​ ​lived​ ​and​ ​worked​ ​and​ ​died”​ ​to​ ​give​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​a​ ​clear​ ​understanding​ ​of the​ ​immenseness​ ​of​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man’s​ ​wealth.​ ​This​ ​line​ ​provides​ ​a​ ​basic​ ​summary​ ​of the​ ​cycle​ ​and​ ​three​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​an​ ​average​ ​person’s​ ​life​ ​and​ ​how​ ​it​ ​is​ ​similar​ ​to​ ​the man’s​ ​life. The​ ​poet​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​elevate​ ​his​ ​character,​ ​by​ ​describing​ ​how​ ​he​ ​was​ ​not born​ ​into​ ​greatness,​ ​but​ ​rather​ ​how​ ​he​ ​achieved​ ​it​ ​by​ ​laying​ ​“the​ ​gravel​ ​for​ ​his paths​ ​personally”.​ ​When​ ​old​ ​age​ ​or​ ​deadly​ ​sicknesses​ ​arrive,​ ​most​ ​people​ ​end​ ​up​ ​at the​ ​hospital​ ​during​ ​their​ ​last​ ​few​ ​days.​ ​Because​ ​these​ ​people​ ​may​ ​not​ ​be​ ​around others​ ​who​ ​know​ ​them​ ​personally​ ​or​ ​even​ ​care​ ​about​ ​them​ ​on​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​level,​ ​when death​ ​arrives​ ​and​ ​they​ ​mutter​ ​their​ ​last​ ​words,​ ​they​ ​may​ ​be​ ​no​ ​one​ ​who​ ​will​ ​care enough​ ​to​ ​remember.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​other​ ​hand,​ ​this​ ​“great”​ ​man​ ​was​ ​unlike​ ​the​ ​other “average”​ ​people​ ​because​ ​he​ ​was​ ​fortunate​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​be​ ​around​ ​people​ ​“who would​ ​remember​ ​his​ ​muttered​ ​words”. Szymborska​ ​composed​ ​this​ ​poem​ ​about​ ​a​ ​great​ ​man​ ​and​ ​compared​ ​his​ ​life​ ​to the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​average​ ​people.​ ​He​ ​provided​ ​descriptive​ ​language​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​the readers​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​to​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​that​ ​regardless​ ​of​ ​what​ ​achievements we​ ​accomplish,​ ​our​ ​journeys​ ​will​ ​come​ ​to​ ​a​ ​complete​ ​stop:​ ​death. ...
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