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Hiroshima Exit

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on 12 November 2013

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Transcript of Hiroshima Exit

Hiroshima Exit
by Joy Kogawa

Background Information
The Hiroshima War:

Why it happened?
On December 7, 1941 the United States sat at Pearl Harbor unaware of the sudden attack that would result in a devastating decline of 2500 people.

Later, on August 6, 1945 the USA would drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan and later would drop many more.
The Poem Hiroshima Exit
Stanza 1:
Explains the scene of when the bombing starts.

Stanza 2:
Explains the reactions after the event.

Stanza 3:
Explains how she wants to change the concept of conflict and blame.

The Poem:
Hiroshima Exit
In round round rooms of our wanderings
Victims and victimizers in circular flight
Fact pursuing fact
Warning leaflets still dip down
On soil heavy with flames,
Black rain, footsteps, witnessing-

The Atomic Bomb Memorial Building
A curiosity shop filled with
Remnants of clothing, radiation sickness,
Fleshless faces, tourists muttering
"Well, they started it."
Words jingle down
"They didn't think about us in Pearl Harbor"
They? Us?
I tiptoe round the curiosity shop
Seeking my target
Precision becomes essential
Quick. Quick. Before he's out of range

Spell the name
Air raid warnings wail bleakly
I step outside
And close softly the door
Believing, believing
That outside this store
Is another door
Poetic Devices
"In round round rooms of our wanderings"
"fact pursuing fact"

"They didn't think about us in Pearl Harbor"

The theme of the poem is that ' no matter how much is lost in the outrage between one another, war still continues to play a role in society'.

Symbols and Imagery:
"On soil heavy with flames"
"Remnants of clothing , radiation sickness,
"Pearl Harbour"

Discussion questions:
1. What do you feel after reading this poem and why?
2. Was the Hiroshima attack justified?
3. In a way the poem explains how people blame each other which continues the cycle of conflict, do you think that humans will ever come to an understanding with each other?

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