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  1. 1. Perhaps...<br />By Shu Ting<br />
  2. 2. General Meaning<br />In the first stanza, there is a very melancholy tone as Shu Ting tries to convey how it is difficult to change the world. At the time the poem was written, China was communist and her father was accused of non-conforming. <br /> <br />The second stanza contrasts from the first and she states that after the tough times, the good times will come. <br /> <br />Finally, in the last stanza, she realises that it doesn't matter if life is pointless or not, you stil have to live it.    <br /> <br />Overall the poem shows the indecisiveness of the persona about the communist party. But in the end she decides that the government will never be satisfying. <br />
  3. 3. Structure<br />The structure of the poem moves from right to left like this:<br /> <br />Perhaps these thoughts of ours <br />                           will never find an audience<br />Perhaps the mistaken road<br />                        will end in a mistake<br /> <br />This represents the two contradicting sides of the poem and indecision of the persona.<br /> <br />However in the last stanza, this sturcture isn't present. I think this shows that she has made a choice, to not dwell over the two sides and just do what she wants no matter what. <br />
  4. 4. Stanza 1<br />Perhaps these thoughts of ours<br />                            will never find an audience<br />Perhaps the mistaken road<br />                            will end in a mistake<br />Perhaps the lamps we light one at a time<br />                            will be blown out, one at a time<br />Perhaps the candles of our lives will gutter out<br />                             without lighting a fire to warm us.<br />"Perhaps"<br />-Anaphora<br />-Conditional tense<br />"light"<br />-symbolises hope <br />"blown out, one at a time"<br />-hope will be destroyed slowly<br />"Perhaps the mistaken road will end in a mistake" <br />Metaphor<br />The leap of faith may turn out as the wrong choice.<br />"These thoughts of ours will never find an audience"<br />-Censorship in China <br />-<br />
  5. 5. Stanza 2<br />Maybe the pointlessness will have some sort of effect. The bad may bring good, it's worth the pain and suffering.<br />Perhaps when all the tears have been shed<br />                            the earth will be more fertile<br />Perhaps when we sing praise to the sun<br />                            the sun will praise us in return<br />Perhaps these heavy burdens<br />                            will strengthen our philosophy<br />Perhaps when we weep for those in misery <br />                             we must be silent about miseries of our own<br /> <br />"The sun will praise us in return":<br />- Personification, trying to convey equality. Maybe the sun is like a a 'leader' and if you praise and follow it, it will help you in return. <br />"Perhaps when we weep for those in misery we must be silent about miseries of our own"<br />We shouldnt be the ones complianing. There is always someone off worse than you. <br />
  6. 6. Stanza 3<br />Perhaps<br />Because of our irresistible sense of mission <br />We have no choice<br />"We have no chioce" - contrasts with conditional tense showing that there is a definite answer which is:<br />The structure has changed which shows that the writer has a change in mind making the last statement very definite. <br />In the end it doesn it matter if life is pointless or not because we are compelled to live on.<br />"irresistible sense of mission" - metaphor for our need to live and exist. <br />