"Butterfly" Analysis

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"Butterfly" Analysis

  1. 1. “BUTTERFLY”A poetic analysis
  2. 2. THE POEM
  3. 3. The last, the very last,So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing against a white stone…Such, such a yellowIs carried lightly ‘way up high.It went away I’m sure because it wished to kiss the world good-bye.For seven years I’ve lived in here,Penned up inside this ghetto.But I have found what I love here.The dandelions call to meAnd the white chestnut branches in the court.Only I never saw another butterfly.That butterfly was the last one.Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.
  4. 4. INITIAL ANALYSIS What is the poem about? How does it make you feel? Who is the intended audience? What are some specific words that give meaning to the poem? How does the form affect the poem? Who would be writing this and what is their purpose?
  5. 5. THE CONTEXT
  6. 6. THE AUTHORWritten by Pavel FriedmanBorn on January 7, 1921Sent to Terezin in April 1942Died in Auschwitz on September 29, 1944
  7. 7. THE CULTURE The poem was written in Terezin, a concentration camp established by the Gestapo during WWII The premise for this camp was to show the Red Cross how humanely Jews were being treated Those sent to this camp were scholars, artists, and musicians. They were encouraged to live creative lives Terezin was liberated on May 9th, 1945
  8. 8. THE TRUTH Of the 144,000 Jews sent there, 33,000 died Most of these deaths were due to poor conditions:  Disease  Hunger  Stress Approx. 88,000 were sent to extermination camps, including Auschwitz 17,247 Jews survived Terezin
  9. 9. FINAL ANALYSIS How does knowing the context affect the poem’s message? How does the poem affect you now that you know the context? What in the poem changes based on the context? Is it better to know the context before reading the poem, does the poem have more power without the context, or does it matter?
  10. 10. WORKS REFERENCED All of this information is found on wikipedia.com

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