Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Facing It” is poem about the author’s visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and his personal experiences in the Vietnam War. The most well known part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is the focal point of “Facing It”. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located in Washington D.C. The wall features the names of over 58,000 men and women who have either lost their lives or who remain missing, due to the Vietnam War. “Facing It” presents a Vietnam War veteran’s powerful emotions when he sees the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and remembers his past experiences.
Poetry is an art form where the author uses different poetic devices to convey feelings, emotions and ideas to get the reader emotionally involved. Australian author Bruce Dawe, who is an anti-war poet, expresses his poetic art form by showing the different aspects of the war, particularly the Vietnam War. He shows this through the title, structure and imagery by comparing the differences and similarities of his anti-war poems Homecoming and Weapons training. The title and theme of a poem is carefully selected by the author to explain or sum up the main topic or message of the poem. Although both Homecoming and Weapons Training are based on an anti-war theme, Dawe writes about the different aspects that involve war such as death, weapons, lives lost, soldier’s, families and disrespect.
The madness resulting from the incident was the way in which the soldiers handled this. They make jokes about Ted Lavender’s death, and act as if it was in a movie, separated from reality. Next, they burn down a town and kill all the animals still in it. While seeing something like this on the news would be disturbing, through the context of the author’s perspective we can understand why they do this. They are all afraid of dying in shame, as noted when Tim O’Brien says “They carried the soldier's greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing.
Comparing Romeo and Juliet to War Poems Having looked at five war poems, three anti-war and two pro-war. It is apparent that conflict is shown through different techniques used by the poets, such as visual imagery, economical language and monosyllabic words, which are very effective. The main poem I have analysed is Dulce et Decorum Est. This is very much an anti-war poem written by Wilfred Owen. In this poem, Owen is exposing and expressing his pain and the futility of war.
A literary element that is commonly used in poetry, is personification, giving a non-living things human characteristics. “I am” is used consistently to show self features and to demonstrate wars’ point of views of itself, as if war was speaking about themselves. The phrase “I am” is used 8 times, when talking about self characteristics. One of many examples would be in the first stanza, “I am the ender of grief”. Not only does “The Paradox”, use personification for characteristics, but also for actions.
Affield’s memoir illustrated the very real and raw aspects of war. Wendell’s personal account of life as a soldier started with the horrors of boot camp, eventually explained the terrors of war and finally ended with the rejection and ridicule that he and other soldiers endured on his return home. His detailed accounts helped readers better understand the situation and events that occurred during and after the war in Vietnam. Once Affield enlisted with the United States Navy he was originally stationed on a gunner Naval ship, USS Rogers, and traveled to Vietnam to aide in fighting the Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. This West Pac cruise was difficult, yet it ended up being one of the least devastating assignments of his Vietnam experience.
In this essay, my aim is to analyse two poems from different cultures and comment on their effect on me. I have studied two poems. The first being, ‘Half-Caste’ by John Agard, written in 2005, which is the thoughts and feelings of a mixed race poet about the term ‘Half-Caste’. In this he questions the way society uses language and how this has racist connotations. The second poem studied is, ‘What Were They Like?’ by Denise Levertov, written in 1971, is original in structure, and written in the style of a lesson, that teaches us, the reader, about Vietnamese culture, the war and the people of Vietnam.
Yet another family game ad showed a dorky guy got a sarcastic answer from a beautiful woman, besides that, in a wine ad, men are not given any reward before getting their work done. For TV shows such as Still standing, Bill (Mark Andy) embarrasses his wife Judy (Jamie Gertz) in front of her reading group, that she is dropped from the group. On the other hand, Everybody loves Raymond, Raymond (Ray Romano) must choose between bathing the twin boys or helping his daughter with the homework which he begrudgingly agrees to assist his daughter, for whom he is no help whatsoever stating today’s comedy often feature bumbling husbands and inept, uninvolved fathers. Michael state that CBS is not the only one to be blame, ABC’s My Wife and Kids and According to Jim, Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show, The simpsons, Malcolm in the middle, and the recently cancelled Titus, and the WB’s Reba also feature women who are better organized and possess better relational skills than their male counterparts. While most televisions dramas tend to avoid gender stereotypes, as undermine “realism,” comic portrayals of men have become very negative.
(one paragraph) Don Quixote is an older man who is at the lowest class level and has to sell his property in order to buy books that he wanted. Gilgamesh was a king the strongest of men he is two thirds god and one third human. But what they both have in common is that they both search for the true answers and meanings of their destiny. 4. What year and in what country was this written?
Should these dark and light images only be looked at in the context of how race plays into the equation? “Facing It,” by Yusef Komunyakaa, an African-American and Vietnam combat Veteran, is a reflection on the arduous undertaking of his first visit the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC to confront the ghosts of his past. It’s obvious that Komunyakaa is creating complexity by carefully selecting words such as, “black, night, morning, and white” that pertain to the light and dark elements of war. Consequently, these words also play into his African-American heritage as well. Komunyakaa places emphasis on his ethnicity in the first two lines of the poem: "My black face fades, hiding inside the black granite" (1-2).