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History Lesson Poetry Analysis

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Sherry Huang

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of History Lesson Poetry Analysis

History Lesson
Poetry Analysis Overview History Lesson
Jeanette Armstrong The Poem The Context Poem by: Jeanette C. Armstrong The Poem
The Context
The Theme
Stanza 1 & 2 Analysis
Stanza 3 & 4 Analysis
Stanza 5 & 6 Analysis
Stanza 7 Analysis
Stanza 8 Analysis
Summary
Conclusion

Between the snap crackle and pop
of smokestacks
and multicoloured rivers
swelling with flower powered zee
are farmers sowing skulls and bones
and miners
pulling from gaping holes
green paper faces
of smiling English lady

The colossi
in which they trust
while burying
breathing forests and fields
beneath concrete and steel
stand shaking fists
waiting to mutilate
whole civilizations
ten generations at a blow.

Somewhere among the remains
of skinless animals
is the termination
to a long journey
and unholy search
for the power
glimpsed in a garden
Forever closed
Forever lost. Out of the belly of Christopher's
ship
a mob bursts
Running in all directions
pulling furs off animals
Shooting buffalo
shooting each other
left and right.

Father mean well
Waves his makeshift wand
Forgives saucer-eyed Indians

Red coated knights
gallop across the prairie
to get their men
to build a new world

Pioneers and traders
bring gifts
Smallpox, Seagrams
and Rice Krispies

Civilization has reached
the promised land. The author of the poem is of an Aboriginal background
The history of the relationship between the Aboriginals and the European settlers is written through her eyes and described through this poem
The Aboriginal people were the first settlers in North America
They had their own unique lifestyles until the European settlers came along
The Aboriginal people were willing to share what they had with the Europeans but eventually everything was taken away from them The Theme The theme of the poem is that even though the Europeans that settled in North America thought that they were civilized and that they were doing so much good for "uncivilized" Aboriginals that the European settlers actually ended up destroying more than one great civilization. Stanza 1 & 2 Analysis "Out of the belly of Christopher's ship a mob bursts
Running in all directions
pulling furs off animals Shooting buffalo
shooting each other
left and right.

Father mean well
Waves his makeshift wand
Forgives saucer-eyed Indians." Stanza 3 & 4 Analysis "Red coated knights
gallop across the prairie
to get their men
to build a new world

Pioneers and traders bring gifts
Smallpox, Seagrams
and Rice Krispies" Stanza 5 & 6 Analysis "Civilization has reached
the promised land.

Between the snap crackle and pop of smokestacks and multicoloured rivers swelling with flower powered zee
are farmers sowing skulls and bones
and miners pulling from gaping holes
green paper faces
of smiling English lady" Stanza 7 Analysis "The colossi in which they trust while burying breathing forests and fieldsbeneath concrete and steel stand shaking fists waiting to mutilate whole civilizationsten generations at a blow." Stanza 8 Analysis "Somewhere among the remains
of skinless animals
is the termination
to a long journey
and unholy search
for the power
glimpsed in a garden
Forever closed
Forever lost." Summary The poem is a timeline showing the significant events that give us a glimpse of the past revealing what occurred when the European Settlers came and how they contributed and interacted with each other. The poem is also telling us the history from the Aboriginal perspective. Thank you! Any questions?
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