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Transcript of Hating Jews
What is the poem about?
The Poem is about discrimination
throughout history and how it is
present in our lives today. The poet used alliteration, sensory language, and free-verse to sculpt the poem and illustrate the somber, yet truthful message.
Hate can be used to do good in the world, but hate, along with unjust power, can be used to discriminate against and hurt others
I believe that the theme
is clearly portrayed in the
last 7 lines when the poet says,
"So I'm not against hate. I consider
some of it/ excellent for the
circulation: enough injustice/ remains
on this planet/ to justify hate being
with us a while yet/ My intent is/
to see it directed/ where it will do
the most good."
In lines 25-29, the poet says, “ Yet having an aversion/ only to Jews/ is such a mammoth endeavor/ no wonder those who tackle it/ look drained, faces turned, body slumped.”
Through the whole of the poem, the letter “d” is repeated. Using words such as “detest” (line 14), “drained” (line 29), “despisers” (line 36), “digest” (line 37), and “dislike” (line 40), the poet magnifies certain words that bring about thoughts of hate and discrimination.
In lines 1-7, the poet says, “ How much work/ it must be to despise the Jews/ fourteen million or more/ a majority of whom you’ve never met/ but every one/ has to be hated. Anti-Semites surely deserve some credit/ for undertaking this colossal task.” Although there is no apparent rhyme scheme, the use of free-verse makes it feel like the poet is directly talking the reader.
“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
These people all have views that differ
from the poet's outlook on hate. But that is the beauty of this poem in particular. It leaves room for personal convictions based off of what the poem means to each individual.
By Tom Wayman
Semites: a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.
Nomads: a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
Loathe: to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor
Oriental: belonging to a geographical division comprising southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as and including the Philippines, Borneo, and Java.
Abhor: to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.