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243 Super-Duper Study Guide for “Killing Time” and “Union Dead”243 Super-Duper Study Guide for “Killing Time” and “Union Dead”from“Killing Time”:Form:Rhymed free-verse couplets (some slant rhyme, and rhymes disguised with line length).Relates to content: the occasion is formalized but with no “predictable singing.”It’sunderstated, like the content.Walkthrough:* “armed to the teeth” with “thousands of flowers,”—the boys are really armed withbombs, shotguns and rifles.* “four hours”—the length of the massacre before the boys shot themselves.* “strewn among unsuspecting pupils during their lunch hour”—the boys left 2 bombs inthe cafeteria during lunch, and if they had detonated, they would have destroyed thecafeteria and the library, killing many students.When it didn’t work, they went in withthe guns and smaller bombs.* “compliments returned, favours repaid, in good faith/straight from the heart” is a highlyironic reference to the bullying the boys were subjected to by their peers.* every pupil who looked up from behind their desk is killed—“a buttonhole to thebreast” or damaged in some lesser way—injured, sprayed with blood or hit with shrapnelfrom windows shot out, traumatized, etc.“Wearing a bloom like a brooch or medallion”also brings to mind the placement of fatal gunshots.The library is the last place the boyswent before ending their own lives, and there they singled out “jocks” or “white hats” asthose they wanted to kill.* A crowd gathers outside the school because word gets out about what’s happening—reporters, locals, family…*The “flower boys” pin “the last blooms on themselves”—e.g. they end the massacre bycommitting suicide.

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Term
Spring
Professor
Olmert
Tags
Poetry, Couplet, Slant Rhyme, Juvenalian satire addresses, Super Duper Study Guide

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