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to this day- Shane koyczan
Transcript of to this day- Shane koyczan
the theme is understanding. but not because others maybe one day will understand, or because they do now, but its because the poet is showing he knows what its like, and showing he understands by explaining what bullying is like. and what it is
"of the faded echoes of voices crying out "names will never hurt me'' but, of course they did. but our lives will only/ ever/ always continue to be a balancing act- that has less to do with pain, and more to do with beauty.''
to this day- Shane Koyczan
society is blind
Shane explains in the poem that people are blind to the bullying, and people don't notice when kids are being subjected to torment like this. he accurately describes how the individual may be feeling
"but the school halls were a battleground
where we found ourselves outnumbered day after wretched day
we used to stay inside for recess
because outside was worse
outside we’d have to rehearse running away
or learn to stay still like statues giving no clues that we were there''
Shane Koyczan is a poet, artist, musician, and
is well known for his poem, "to this day''. he also has written other poems such as; sketch, or 6:59 a.m.
the Canadian poet was born 1976, in Yellowknife, northwest territories, and was subjected to a lot of bullying.
Theme 1- the main theme of the poem- the poet tries to relate to his readers by telling them about his experience with bullying by cleverly including personal stories at the beginning of the poem, he engages the reader effectively.
"I’m not the only kid
who grew up this way
surrounded by people who used to say
that rhyme about sticks and stones
as if broken bones
hurt more than the names we got called
and we got called them all''
in to this day, the poet explains what it is like to have a mental illness like 'depression'. i feel he did quite a good job at relating to those he aims this poem at.
"and the downhills were cliffs
four fifths suicidal
a tidal wave of anti depressants
and an adolescence of being called popper
one part because of the pills
and ninety nine parts because of the cruelty
he tried to kill himself in grade ten''
the quote i have used from the poem explains what its like to be bullied, and personal experience from it. he explains that even though he once felt alone, there are others like him out there, and they all feel the same. lonely, and needing someone to talk to.
in theme 2 the poet discusses his feelings on how "the school halls were a battle ground.'' this is a metaphor to explain an ongoing war when going to school, having to hide or flee from where is supposed to be a peaceful place.
there is also a simile in this quote; "we'd have to stay still like statues giving no clues that we were there'' shows how they had to hide everyday from say 'battleground'.
"of the faded echos calling 'names will never hurt me, but, of course they did.''' explains even though kids who are being bullied pretend they are strong and fine, deep inside. they are hurting. and by using past tense, he explains that they are gone, and gave up. this leaves a moody, upsetting tone to the end of the poem.
this poem is not only thoroughly captivating, but moving, as it contains feelings and things that many people want to say, but are too scared to. this poem is the perfect representation of how people feel. the language techniques in the poem are something to commended for. lots of effort was put into this poem and i think is a astounding poet and poem overall.
To this day
thank you. brooke andrews- year 8- week 9