Facing It | Study Guide

Yusef Komunyakaa

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Overview

Author

Yusef Komunyakaa

Year Published

1988

Type

Poem

Genre

Memoir, War Literature

Perspective and Narrator

The first-person speaker in "Facing It" is a veteran of the Vietnam War (1954–75), describing his thoughts and feelings during a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Tense

"Facing It" uses the present tense consistently, making no tense distinction between the speaker's present observations and his memories of past war experiences.

About the Title

The title "Facing It" refers literally to the act of standing and facing a stone monument. It also refers figuratively to the speaker's difficulty facing his feelings and memories of war.

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