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Poetry project


joey mccafferty

on 30 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea Poetry Analysis Frank Bidart Curse May breath for a dead moment cease as jerking your
head upward you hear as if in slow motion floor
collapse evenly upon floor as one hundred and ten
floors descend upon you.
May what you have made descend upon you.
May the listening ears of your victims their eyes their
enter you, and eat like acid
the bubble of rectitude that allowed you breath.
May their breath now, in eternity, be your breath.
Now, as you wished, you cannot for us
not be. May this be your single profit.
Of your rectitude at last disenthralled, you
seek the dead. Each time you enter them
they spit you out. The dead find you are not food.
Out of the great secret of morals, the imagination to enter
the skin of another, what I have made is a curse.
Wilfred Owen
Anthem For Doomed Youth What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

Your innocence crippled
From within.

All truth enters a black hole of disillusion
in which I cannot escape.

lies erase the past

mask upon mask your face
hidden from eyes…glowing ominous stares.

Confusion engulfs a vulnerable
mind as one person becomes another

lies erase the past

you free yourself from guilt’s grip as
a veil of ignorance lifted from those eyes

lies distort the present
BiDART VS OWEN Similarities They are both written about great events in
history evoke extreme emotion and
produce intense imagery condemning violence and war Bidarts use of:




and spacing to create slight distinctions in the tone of his poems They are often staccato yet it leaves an emphasis on certain words
or phrases to help uncover the underlying meaning of the poem peculiar punctuation, odd structural techniques, and imagery
create a unique form of writing which characterizes him. Owen writes from his own experience in WWI known for his war poetry on the horrors of trench and gas warfare His poems were very vivid in describing different scenes of war
Used Sensory details to help emphasize the conditions Frank Bidart was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1939 and educated at the University of California at Riverside and at Harvard University nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
finalist for both the National Book Award
National Book Critic's Circle Award. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
where he has taught at Wellesley College since 1972 Similar to Hammurabi's "eye for an eye" He wishes for the terrorists to experience the same pain that they instilled on all the victims of the attack By using the word “may” he is expressing his desire for this curse to be placed upon someone. “Curse” is a hex to be put on those responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks JOEY MCCAFFERTY SENIORS 2010 PEACE
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