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Lisa Connolly

on 22 September 2014

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Transcript of Conquerors

About the Poet
Our Thoughts :)
It was a really interesting poem.
It is about violence and war.
We like poems about war and violence.
We would rate the poem 9/10.
We would recommend to read this poem in a quite place. shhh!

By sundown we came to a hidden village
Where all the air was still
And no sound met our tired ears, save
For the sorry drip of rain from blackened trees
And the melancholy song of swinging gates.
Then through a broken pane some of us saw
A dead bird in a rusting cage, still
Pressing his thin tattered breast against the bars,
His beak wide open. And
As we hurried through the weed-grown street,
A gaunt dog started up from some dark place
And shambled off on legs as thin as sticks
Into the wood, to die at least in peace.
No one had told us victory was like this;
Not one amongst us would have eaten bread
Before he'd filled the mouth of the gray child
That sprawled, stiff as stone, before the shattered door.
There was not one who did not think of home.
This poem is categorized as War and Violence.

Victims are symbolised by the trapped and dead bird starved to death as no human was alive to care for it and it was unable to flee the horror of this war.

Henry Treece was a British poet and writer, who worked also as a teacher and editor. He wrote a range of works,but mainly he is remembered as a writer.
While reading the poem be in a quite place and imagine you are in it , think of the atmosphere while reading.
Can you imagine being in the poem what would it be like and what would you do?
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