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The Survivor

poetry assignment

luke sprung

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of The Survivor

The Survivor For Anna Ahkmatova, 1889-1966 A woman sits in a corner of sun
tracing a poem. Slowly
she is woven into it like the day
as smells of burning
carry her outside. There, soldiers and jailers
are blocking the street,
books are being burnt-
thousands of words collapsing
in on eachother, suddenly
she sees her own fate,
her fellow-poet is taken
leaving her only silence. She goes back to continue the poem:
it will go on for twenty years
islanded in her head
and Russia will remember her
as a lover
waiting for the ice-walls to break,
for her hermit's cry
to be carried like fire
from hand to hand. Sensory:
"Carried like fire from hand to hand."
This shows that fire spreads very quickly
and she wants her poems and opinions
to be spread just like a wild fire and to
never be stopped. Sensory:
When the poem says "as smells
of burning carry her outside."
This shows that she smells the
smoke and it gets her attention.
It uses the scense smell. Sensory:
"Her fellow poet is taken leaving
her only silence." This relates to the
sense hearing because she is now
all alone and there is no noise to be
heard around her. Sensory:
"Books are being burnt-" This relates to the senses taste,
touch, sight, and smell. this is
because i can taste the smoggy
grossness of smoke from past
experiences. I can feel the heat of
the books burning radiating off
my skin. I can see the flames
flickering and growing larger.
Lastly i can smell the thick dreaded smell of smoke. Emotional:
"waiting for the ice-walls to break"
This can relate to peoples emotions because it gives you the feeling of being isolated or trapped and having to break free. She must wait patiently until they do break and then capitalize on her oppertunity to express herself and her oppinion. Emotional:
"it will go on for 20 years islanded in her head"
The 20 years represents the fact that she feels it will be a long time until things change for the better. feeling islanded relates to her feeling alone or distant from everything around her. Emotional:
"her fellow poet is taken leaving her only silence"
This connects to her emotions in the sense that he lost a friend of hers, making her feel lonley or depressed. Silence relates to how she will change as a person by not talking or being less social because of what had happened to her friend. Emotional:
"A woman sits in a corner of sun tracing a poem. Slowly she is woven into it like the day"
This phrase can be emotional because as she is reading the poem she is connecting to what is happening in it to a point where she is feeling the emotions that the writer had when they wrote the poem. Some of these emotions were fear, sadness, mystery, and confusion. Intelectual:
"for her hermit's cry to be carried like fire from hand to hand." This is a simile which explains that she wants the words of the poem to be taken out into the world and be passed from one hand to the other or from person to person. Intelectual:
"slowly she is woven into it like the day as smells of burning carry her outside"
This is a classic example of tone. You start out reading the sentence slow but as you get to the end it gets more dramatic causing you to read more quickly and with more intensity. Intelectual:
"books being burnt-
thousands of words collapsing in on eachother"
This is personification because words can not collapse on eachother. This phrase also gives us a bit of imagery becasue you can almost picture books being burnt and visualize words collapsing. Intelectual:
"waiting for the ice-walls to break,
for her hermit's cry
to be carried like fire"
The "hermit's cry" part of the following quote has some imagery because it makes you picture a hermit crying and what that would sound and look like. Interlink:
In the second stanza of the poem it talks about soldiers blocking the streets and burning books. This can be realated to an ancient chinese emporer by the name of Qui Shi Huang. He burnt the villages library so that people couldn't read or learn about anything. He did this because he felt that if no one could read and learn they would all be dumb and easy to control. Interlink:
In the first stanza she is drawn outside because she can smell something being burnt. I can make a connection that most likely relates to everyone in the sense that when you smell bacon being cooked in the morning nothing is stopping you from quickly getting out of your bed room and racing down stairs just to be sure. Monomyth:
The crossing the threshold is when the poem says "She sees her own fate, her fellow poet is taken leaving her only silence." this shows crossing the threshold because she sees the path her life will be taking and she will be facing it all alone. Theme:
The theme or central idea of this poem is to not let isolation control your life, instead break free and show the world what you're all about.
In the poem there is an elixir which is her poem and the knowledge that she now allows everyone to read because it is safe. She had to hold on to her poem for a long time because in her city all the books were being destroyed and if she had tried to put her poem out in public to read it would have been destroyed by the military.
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