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"The Execution" By Alden Nowlan

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Jordan Ryder

on 9 December 2010

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"The Execution"
By Alden Nowlan Helpful Information- Matthew Dupuis Definitions Execution: The undergoing of a sentence to death
Reverend: A title of respect for a clergyman.
Coroner: The person in charge of investigating a death that
was not of a natural death
Padre: A military chaplain.
Clergyman: A spiritual leader of a christian church. Poem Content- Jordan Ryder Main characters
"Press" : An important character because we view the poem from his point of view, and he is also the main character in the poem.
Sheriff : Because he adds to the tone and confusion in the poem, and is an important part of the imagery.
Hangman : He is very important because he delivers the line, "Don't make it harder for us," and he is essential to an execution. Poetic Elements- Kayden Kaller Poetic Elements
•The whole thing is hyperbole

•Alliteration
“wrong room”
“mistook me”
“we went”

•Imagery
“the lights were so bright”

•Symbolism
“Reverend” – representing innocence and goodness

•Repetition
Press

•Irony
He expects to make money off of it, but ends up dying

•Free verse Poem meaning : Literal meaning: Man being mistaken for the man who is supposed to be executed.

Underlying meaning: The justice system or media does what they want, or what is easiest to them. They cut corners, make up stories, or don't listen to the whole story if it in the end benefits them. A good example is when the hangman says at the end of the poem, "Don't make it harder for us," This could really mean that they don't want him making a fuss so that they don't have to deal with the consequences of their actions. This is a didactic poem

Didactic poetry: a poem that is made to tell a story or teach someone something.

I think that the message in this poem is to take the time to get to know who and what you are dealing with before you act.

I found that there were two ways to interpret who the protagonist was, I thought that he was either the reverend, or what I first thought was when he said press he meant media as in newspaper or news cast.


Alden Nowlan:

Alden Nowlan was a Canadian poet, novelist and playwright. He was born on January 25th 1933 and died June 27th 1983. He was born in Windsor Nova Scotia in a poor rural town. He wrote this poem in Scarborough in 1982.
What was the inspiration of the poem? The inspiration for this poem was that there were a lot of wrong convictions during this time period because there were still some forms of capital punishment until the mid 1980s so he might have written this poem to try to make a point on that capital punishment should not be used and gotten rid of The inspiration for this poem was that there were a lot of wrong convictions during this time period because there were still some forms of capital punishment until the mid 1980s so he might have written this poem to try to make a point on that capital punishment should not be used and gotten rid of
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