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Transcript of The Explosion
Coughing oath-egded talk and pipe-smoke,
Shouldering off the freshined silence." This is giving you a visual of the men coming out of the mine and they are coughing out coal smoke. While they are Thanking God that they are alive. "The dead go before us, they
Are sitting in God's house in comfort,
We shall se them face to face-" This statment is describing the deceased as in the house of God, and that soon we will all be reunited in the house of God. Lines 16-18 Lines 1-12 On the day of the explosion
Shadows pointed toward the pithead:
In the sun the slagheap slept.
Down the lane came men in pitboots
Coughing oath-edged talk and pipe-smoke,
Shouldering off the freshined silence.
One chased affter rabbits; lost them;
Came back with a nest of lark's eggs;
Showed them; lodged them in the grasses.
So they passed in beards and moleskins,
Fathers, brothers, nicknames, laughter,
Through the tall gates standing open. Lines 1-12 analysis These first 12 lines of this poem start out on the day of the explosion. at the mine. It describes the opening of the mine afte the exploson. Then moves on to describing the miners coming out of the explosion choked on the coal dust of the explosion. Then the poem goes into detail on the actions of the miners that have great joy that they survived the explosion. In the last part of these few line the miners walk out of the front gate of the mine rejoicing in the fact tha they survived the explosion. Lines 13-25 At non, there came a tremor; cows
Stopped chewing for a second; sun,
Scarfed as in a heat-haze, dimmed.
The dead go on before us, they
Are sitting in God's house in comfort,
We shall see them face to face-
Plain as lettering in the chapels
It was said, and for a second
Wives saw men of the explosion
Larger than in life they managed-
Gold as ona coin, or walking
Somehow from the sun towards them,
One showing the eggs unbroken. Lines 13-25 analysis Thes lines start by describing the explosion itself as it shook the ground.Then Larkin is talking about how the wives of the men who died in the explosion are seeing them in their dreams. They see them carreing coal described as gold. Poem Analysis Overall this poem sent the message that coal miners are brave. Not only for working in the face of death a any time, but also for working in the worst of conditions. Mr. Larkin gets this message to the reader by describing the tremendous explosion in vivid detail. Also while he lets you know miners survived he also lets you know that some miners died, and will forever be remembered. http://www.philiplarkin.com/biog.htm http://www.google.com/imgres?q=coal+mine+explosion&num=10&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=680&tbm=isch&tbnid=KIYoubxcLWOQAM:&imgrefurl=http://www.netl.doe.gov/newsroom/100yr/history.html&docid=jz_U4VE7W9BQNM&imgurl=http://www.netl.doe.gov/newsroom/100yr/images/MineBlast_lg.jpg&w=800&h=540&ei=7P5oUPfpJJSG9QShn4GACA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=712&vpy=163&dur=43&hovh=184&hovw=273&tx=140&ty=114&sig=100838448251033267818&page=1&tbnh=151&tbnw=210&start=0&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:82 http://www.google.com/imgres?q=coal+mining+towns&num=10&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=680&tbm=isch&tbnid=cRJNTa3my3dbzM:&imgrefurl=http://www.treorchymalechoir.com/history/mining.htm&docid=tPDzrvUL7JdfwM&imgurl=http://www.treorchymalechoir.com/history/mining/Abergorky%252520Colliery%252520%252520c.jpg&w=455&h=295&ei=Zv9oUOjUA5Hm8QS_0IDgBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=314&vpy=319&dur=371&hovh=181&hovw=279&tx=188&ty=129&sig=100838448251033267818&page=2&tbnh=146&tbnw=205&start=15&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:15,i:143