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What were they like ? By Denise Levertov
About the poem <ul><li>The anger of the Vietnam war. </li></ul><ul><li>Criticise the American army and they people who jus...
Meaning  <ul><li>Asking questions about why it happened and then the questions being answered </li></ul><ul><li>. The cont...
Language  <ul><li>Metaphor is used for mirrors ,reflects how precious life is and how quickly it can be destroyed  </li></...
Structure  <ul><li>There is gap in-betweens the stanzas’ ,Gives the impression the reader will taking there time gets that...
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What were they like,giles baldwin

  1. 1. What were they like ? By Denise Levertov
  2. 2. About the poem <ul><li>The anger of the Vietnam war. </li></ul><ul><li>Criticise the American army and they people who just sit at home complaining but actually not doing anything. </li></ul><ul><li>What the western policy has on life . </li></ul><ul><li>All the questions are in past tense so it give the impression that’s the life's no longer excits, what's the Point . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Meaning <ul><li>Asking questions about why it happened and then the questions being answered </li></ul><ul><li>. The contrast in emotional effect between the questions and the answers may be a metaphor for the contrast in the beauty of the culture of Vietnam before its destruction. </li></ul><ul><li>An example of this when bombs smash in to mirrors. This is a clear indication that the poet is trying to get across when evil meets good where bombs are evil and the mirror is good. If you get them meeting you are sure in for a disaster. Also when a mirror breaks it’s a sign of bad luck </li></ul>
  4. 4. Language <ul><li>Metaphor is used for mirrors ,reflects how precious life is and how quickly it can be destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>The word maybe is used often to give that image of uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Who can say ,its silent now……know one will ever answer these questions it will be ever forgotern being asked by people who really don’t know what they are talking about . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Structure <ul><li>There is gap in-betweens the stanzas’ ,Gives the impression the reader will taking there time gets that emotion across to the reader. The third and fourth questions have replies that imply destruction by fire during the war. The answer to question three is the briefest one, telling us that 'laughter is bitter to the burned mouth .' Bitter can of course have two meanings: either a bitter taste, and here of course there is a reference to the mouth, or a bitter feeling, which is particularly poignant here, as the quiet laughter has transformed into appalling suffering. The reply to the fourth question begins 'A dream ago, perhaps,' reiterating the idea of uncertainty. It continues 'Ornament is for joy. / All the bones were charred,' leaving us in no doubt that there was no place for light earthed ness in the wake of the destruction of war. </li></ul>

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