It might be interesting to compare this stanza, which allows the "civilized" Nazis their minor comforts tea, toys after engaging in atrocities, to the novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, where the families and even the Nazi soldiers themselves showed more guilt. The list of names has no punctuation; this shows how it is endless, continuing long past the time when the narrator "no longer speaks.
After I no longer speak they break our fingers to salvage my wedding ring. After the history lesson children run to their toys the world turns in its sleep the spades shovel soil Sara Ezra… This stanza shows how uncaring the soldiers, and their families, were towards the human life of their prisoners.
She used as a target. However it is not until we reach the actual content of the poem that we realise that the stars in question are those Stars of David, sewn on to the garments of Jews on the order of the Nazi regime. Duffy, "Shooting Stars," eyemouthhigh.
After the terrible moans a boy washes his uniform. In stanza four Duffy uses contrast to emphasise the monstrosity of the time further.
The poet is an address from woman to woman for men are seen to be the inflictors of the inhumane actions that are the centre of the poem and perhaps she sees the possibility of salvation through women. The poem contains many emotional phrases, designed to show both the enormous brutality of the Holocaust, and the unimaginable pain felt by the "undesirable" prisoners.
The narrator is matter-of-fact, explaining the situation in simple terms to show how she must disassociate herself in order to remain sane. As the poem progresses Duffy personalises the horror of the holocaust.
Yet the poem ends on a sense of desolation and loss for nothing seems to have changed in the world. Here Duffy creates an incredibly strong image of silence and death when the voice has been stilled permanently.
The holocaust is repeated all over the world constantly and the voices raised in protest do not seem to be heard. After immense suffering someone takes tea on the lawn. The general connotations applied to this phrase are that of a falling star or perhaps the beauty and brightness of fireworks.
Extending this idea in that the Jews themselves ask the rest of the world to be merciful and this request has not been granted. Here again the poet uses the two conflicting images of the wedding band, a symbol of eternal love and theft and profit through death in juxtaposition.
Her plea is aimed directly at the reader although she prefaces this stanza "Sisters"to call upon all of society to never forget.
The poet again emphasises the extent, the immensity of this event, when strong men are unable to tolerate this. The narrative given from the point of view of one of the suffering allows the reader, however, to appreciate the scale that inhumanity can inflict and in turn the scale of this suffering.
Tell them I sang the ancient psalms at dusk inside the wire and strong men wept. Duffy uses the situation of Nazi persecution of the Jewish people to underline this. In the closing stanzas of the poem Duffy once again highlights the immensity of the horror of those events by contrasting them with the civilised activities of the human being i.4) Higher English sample critical essay 4 on Carol Ann Duffy's 'Shooting Stars' poem.
5) Higher English sample critical essay 5 on Carol Ann Duffy's 'Education for Leisure' poem. Published: Mon, 5 Dec The poem title ‘Shooting Stars’ paints a number of graphic images in the readers’ mind.
The title could depict the harrowing shooting of the Jews, who had to wear the Star of David on their clothing, or it. “Shooting Stars,” by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem that explores the theme of tragedy through the writer’s creation of haunting imagery and tells a story, like no other.
Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Shooting Stars’ is a poem in which human suffering is effectively portrayed. Duffy uses the situation of Nazi persecution of the Jewish people to underline this. Duffy’s use of an ambiguous title, together with her imagery effectively explores this theme of human suffering.
Shooting Stars” Critical Essay In this critical essay I will be writing on account of “shooting Stars” by Carol Ann Duffy. Duffy successfully reveals the true horrors of the Second World War using a wide variety of poetic techniques, of which in this task I will evaluate and finally conclude with my own opinion.
May 04, · Shooting Stars - By Carol Ann Duffy? I am doing this poem for my English Critical Essay exam - only I can't find my copy to memorise Does anyone have a copy of it on their computer that they could copy & paste to me?Status: Resolved.Download