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v2_5 Ways to Kill a Man

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Ranald Lam

on 20 July 2010

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Five Ways to Kill a Man Group effort by:
R. Yashwanthram
Reudi Chan
Ranald Lam
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S ubject Matter urpose The purpose of the poem is to inform the modern people of how they are no different from the people of the past.
It aims to instill a feeling of regret for how humans have acted towards each other.
When people are greedy for power or money, they tend to act inhumanely. They kill each other for their own survival.
The poet wishes to inform the people that they need to change for the greater good.
From the 1st century to the present, the writer tries to contrast between the different methods of killing especially in the last stanza to notify and remind the people of what they are really doing and how they are leading to their own downfall. m
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s Disapproving and slightly angry emotion

Various words (eg. “psychopath”) are used as though only stupid and insane people would commit such grave mistakes.

He's undoubtedly angry with the people as a result of their cruel methods of assassination, causing tremendous grief and regret in the minds of those reading it.

His disapproval and anger are shown in his word choices when he describes how evil and mean man can get.

Examples of such words are ‘dissect’, ‘pierce’ and ‘cumbersome. rafts
man
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lims . Each stanza depicts one possible way to kill a man; 5 stanzas in total
Each stanza has 2 sentences
In every stanza except the last stanza:
Consists of run-on lines but not run-on stanzas
Overall structure similar to a guide
Structure First sentence depicts the method to kill a man; it always contains “you may” or “you can”.
Second sentence lists what you need in order to use that method; it always contains “you need” or “you require”. Movement 1st Sentence: Relatively slow rhythm Just describing the method 2nd Sentence: Relatively fast rhythm Listing, long sentence with multiple commas. The rhythm is slow at the start , when words like “You may”, “You require” is used (Hint of probability) The rhythm remains with this pattern for the first four stanzas
Run-on lines also suggests the pace does not conform to any structure and is free-flowing. Last stanza has constant rhythm, possibly slowing down at last clause.
Imagery Vivid imagery was used to explain how men were killed in each era / stanza.
Sounds In the fourth stanza, many words start or end with the ‘s’ sound. (some are alliteration) “small switch”, “separate”, “systems”, “nation’s scientists”, “several factories”, “psychopath”, “needs for several years”. This usage of the ‘s’ sound also emphasizes those terms. It sounds just like the air/atmosphere at the top which is so silent yet deceiving Poetic devices-Symbolism 1st stanza – Cruxification of Jesus
2nd stanza –War of the roses
3rd stanza – World War 1
4th stanza – World war 2, Hiroshima and Nagasaki
5th stanza – Modern era
ummary / Conclusion It is immensely successful as a piece of art. It is able to use relatively simple language to bring across a matter-of-fact tone to show a better disposition of the cold-blooded murders. Basically describes the different ways of killing people from the roman times till modern times.
Last stanza implies that basically living in the 20th century is enough to kill a man

Tone Unemotional and matter-of-fact tone
He describes every detail in an assertive manner, without using strong, emotional words



Sometimes even portrays a cold, cynical mood because using a matter-of-fact tone, to describe the inhumane acts of murder, is uncommon and unfeeling to the reader.


Evokes extreme emotions in the readers regarding the inhumane acts that have been done in the past.
Readers might even regret what their civilization has done. Other tones Mocking tone has also been used at various times.
The persona feels that man has been killing his own kind for his own good.


As he progresses through the poem, the time also progresses from the past to the present.
Even though the methods of killing have changed, man has not changed and will never change thus leading to his downfall.
These thoughts and opinions can be inferred from his increasingly pessimistic tone throughout the stanzas.
This gloomy tone can be seen from phrases like Any Questions? The subject matter of the poem is Man's loss of humanity which is evident over time.
Although the first four methods of killing a man seem progressively inhumane, the emphasis on the chronological order shows that it is indeed the final method, seeing a man in the twentieth century and leaving him there, that is the most cruel and torturous.
This shows that Man has ultimately reached this epitome of inhumanity, almost as if such inhumane acts were a part and parcel of everyday life, and that is the subject matter of this poem.
Justification of Visual
Literal elements:
Crucification - Link to 1st Method
Stabbed in the chest - Link to 2nd Method
Gas emitted in the background - Link to the 3rd Method
Background - Toxic, similar to bomb site. Not suitable for living - wasteland. Link to 4th Method
Background represents a city (modern times), looks ominous - Link to 5th Method Point of View Perspective on inhumanity throughout the ages.
Inhumanity has been consistent in human nature for as long as Man could remember, yet little action has been taken against it.
In the last stanza of the poem, the poet describes the fifth way to kill a man as making him live “somewhere in the middle of the twentieth century“. In more recent, or modern times, Man is still showing a constant nature of inhumanity, even in everyday life.
Relating the concept of inhumanity to the Medieval times for example, there might be a conception that we used to be brutal and inhumane and that we have since moved on, but this may not be true.
Five Ways to Kill a Man
by Edwin Brock
There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.
You can make him carry a plank of wood
to the top of a hill and nail him to it. To do this
properly you require a crowd of people
wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
man to hammer the nails home.

Or you can take a length of steel,
shaped and chased in a traditional way,
and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.
But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
at least two flags, a prince, and a
castle to hold your banquet in.

Dispensing with nobility, you may, if the windallows, blow gas at him. But then you needa mile of mud sliced through with ditches,not to mention black boots, bomb craters,more mud, a plague of rats, a dozen songs and some round hats made of steel. Figurative Elements:
Ominous picture. Suggests an impending end. Signifies the future if Man persists with his inhumanity.

Hourglass represents time. Linked to the poem showing how Man's inhumanity has been progressively evident in chronological order. In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly
miles above your victim and dispose of him by
pressing one small switch. All you then
require is an ocean to separate you, two
systems of government, a nation's scientists,
several factories, a psychopath and
land that no-one needs for several years.

These are, as I began, cumbersome ways
to kill a man. Simpler, direct, and much more neat
is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle
of the twentieth century, and leave him there. Hyperbole exaggeration does occur in each stanza in order to emphasise on the cruel acts
readers would feel the impact of such actions via these words
'attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears'
In 2nd stanza - horses, trees and flags have been stated as necessary in order to execute the method when it is in fact redundant With the use of irony, Edwin Brock shows us the terrible conditions of not only war but all these insane actions happening on the world today by complaining about the twentieth century.
uses words like 'simpler, direct and much more neat' to describe a way of killing man in the twentieth century.
'you may... dispose of him', 'you may... blow gas at him' Irony Alliteration 'cock that crows', 1st stanza
'small switch', 4th stanza
'black boots', 3rd stanza Personification 'if the wind allows' 3rd stanza lines 1 & 2 ‘ Simpler, direct, and much more … and leave him there.’
' There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man...' ‘ To do this properly’ in the first stanza, third line
‘ Dispensing with nobility' in the third stanza Evidences: ‘you may/ can’ has been repeated in almost every stanza. 'attempt to pierce'
'dispose of him' 'But for this you need white horses, English trees, men with bows and arrows...'
'you may, if the wind allows, blow gas at him.' Image Source:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/connett/2320018323/in/set-72157618974519056/ 5 Ways To Kill A Man By Edwin Brock There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.
You can make him carry a plank of wood
to the top of a hill and nail him to it. To do this
properly you require a crowd of people
wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
man to hammer the nails home.

Or you can take a length of steel,
shaped and chased in a traditional way,
and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.
But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
at least two flags, a prince, and a
castle to hold your banquet in.
Dispensing with nobility, you may, if the wind
allows, blow gas at him. But then you need
a mile of mud sliced through with ditches,
not to mention black boots, bomb craters,
more mud, a plague of rats, a dozen songs
and some round hats made of steel.

In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly
miles above your victim and dispose of him by
pressing one small switch. All you then
require is an ocean to separate you, two
systems of government, a nation's scientists,
several factories, a psychopath and
land that no-one needs for several years.
These are, as I began, cumbersome ways
to kill a man. Simpler, direct, and much more neat
is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle
of the twentieth century, and leave him there.
Onomatopoeia 'pierce' ,' slice' Assonance 'Bows and arrows'
'a nation's scientists,... a phychopath' Vivid description, rich in sensory words, was used to create pictures and images, in the reader's mind.
In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly miles above your victim and dispose of him by pressing one small switch small age of aeroplanes miles above your victim To further emphasis the points and enable the readers to visualise the poem, improving their understanding as well as appealing to their senses
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