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THE DEAD CROW He saw a dead crow in a drain near the Post Office, He saw an old man gasping for air And a baby barely able to breathe In a crowded morning clinic This land is so rich Why should we suffer like this? I want clean air For my grandchildren I want the damned fools To leave the forest alone, I want the trees to grow, The rivers run free And the earth covered with grass. Let the politicians plan how we may live with dignity Now and always
The poet is deeply concerned about the effects of pollution on the future generation.
He is shocked with the disappearance of clean air, natural forests and free flowing river.
He holds the politicians accountable for planning a cleaner environment for the future generation.
LITERARY MEANING STANZA 1 Wealth cannot buy health if pollution still takes place. The poet can’t understand why many people must suffer in a rich country. Shows that pollution affects people’s well beings. The poet is troubled to see the clinic crowded with sick people. Pollution affects all-both young and old. The man is sad to see an old man & a baby having breathing problems. Pollution has affected the animals. The poet is upset to see a dead crow. IMPLICATIONS LITERARY MEANING