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Copy of Poem Analyze: Internment by Juliet S. Kono
Transcript of Copy of Poem Analyze: Internment by Juliet S. Kono
Corralled, the are herded
from Santa Rosa.
After the long train ride
on Santa Fe,
The physical exam,
The delousing with DDT,
The branding of her indignation,
She falls asleep,
Days later, she awakens,
in an unfamiliar barracks--
Crystal City, Texas--
on land one a pasture
not wanting to,
not meaning to see beauty
in this stark landscape
she sees nonetheless,
trough the tears--
on the double row
of barbed wire fencing
which holds them in
like stolid cattle--
dew drops, impaled
How would you feel, if you were in her situation?
Would you be able to still see
Internment by Juliet S. Kono
The title "Internment" is referring to the camps in WWII, where the japanese people were held.
Notice that the word is never used in the poem, but because of the use of allusion it becomes obvious that the poem is about a woman being oppressed.
In free verse the rhyming scheme is unpredictable, like the situation she's in. The feeling of confusion can be also detected because of the rhyme scheme.
This not only tells a story, but lets you see the feeling that the woman felt, making it easier for the reader to connect to speaker.
In the beginning, the author sounds like she's given up hope.
By the second stanza, she still hoped for a better future.
Feelings the Poem Coveys in Reader:
The poem evokes sadness, pity, and a bit of helplessness, because we can't reach out and help the speaker or comfort her as she faces these trials on her own.
Before we give you our answer we want to know what did you feel?
Through out the poem there are lot of imagery some of these are:
people being herded
-humans are being treated like an animal, with no dignity
beauty in stark land scape
- stark being bare or even empty, but even when everything looks so bleak there is still beauty in it.
barbed wire fencing
- the feeling of being trapped like a animal,
" like stolid cattle"
once again we are referring these people as animals, we don't treat them with the respect that humans should get. Also cattle can be seen as a source of labor and food, so the speaker is also saying that they have to do heavy labor, while they wait to get slaughter for others benefit.
the pause within the poem helps to emphasize the imagery, by giving time for the image to settle in. Also it give dramatic pause allowing more emotions to be evoked.
people are treated like animals
people are trapped like animals
with reference to animals again
Tears that are golden:
can be seen as the last of her innocence being shed
The girl tried to not get her hopes up because she knows that it'll just end up being crushed, she can't help but hope anyways.
During WWII, when America was at war with Japan, the American Japanese citizens were forced into internment camps. These internment camps were basically a camp that was used to imprison large groups of people, and in this case, the enemies of the United States during WWII. The Japanese as well as German citizens living in America were considered ‘enemy aliens’. They were put and confined in internment camps as the Americans were afraid they would defect and cause internal conflicts. The Americans were scared that the American Japanese ‘aliens’ would assist the Japanese Army by making radio contact or destroying war efforts in America. Due to this, in February 1942, the American Japanese were put into internment camps until the end of the war, where the last internment camp was closed in 1946. In internment camps, the conditions that were faced were very different from what the internees were used to outside. They were forced to live in simply designed military barracks which lacked plumbing and cooking facilities. They were poorly equipped and very cramped for families. Also, there was no proper heating system and due to the fact that families were relocated quickly without packing proper clothes, many of the American Japanese had to live with the clothes that they brought in. The buildings were enclosed by barbed wire fencing, where there were always armed guards posted around the camp. The internees were allowed to be with their family members though and were treated well unless they broke any rules or tried to walk out of the camps.
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