The Sea Eats The Land At Home - Coggle Diagram
The Sea Eats The Land At Home
Eats - It's a predator / Destroying
Home - Invasion / Home is the symbol for safety, security, love, create a comforting feeling
Dowry - the gifts given to the household when a woman gets married
Sobs - a loud noise made when crying
Ladle - big spoon for serving liquid / stew
Fowls - birds, usually kept for eating
Hearths - the floor of a fireplace
Mournful - sad at the loss of someone dear
Omnipotent: all powerful
Obliteration: complete destruction
Vulnerable: weak, exposed, open to be hurt / abused
THEME & MESSAGE
Destructive & Unstoppable
The poem is just one long stanza to mirror the sudden destructive force which came on one night.
Enjambment is used to mirror the sweeping, continuous action of the sea.
Collecting Firewood - Fire symbol of warmth & hope
destroys all elements of the domestic environment as it carries away ‘cooking-pots’, ‘ladles’ and ‘fowls’.
The line ‘the sea eats the land at home’ is repeated, like a refrain, each time to emphasise its destructive qualities.
all monosyllabic words which along with the sibilance and the repetition of ‘the’ helps to create cadence (rhythm). This rhythm helps to drive the line forward as you read it, and thus shows the sea as an unstoppable force.
Memorable - large impact
Polysyndeton is used to create long lists, highlighting the all powerful destructive force of the sea as it inflicts great suffering
‘the sobs and the deep and the low moans’
some lines are really short, ‘weeping mournfully’ and ‘The storm was raging’ - possibly to highlight the rawness and suddenness of the damage caused.
Pessimistic and exhausted
angry water , cruel sea - emotive verb + personification - although the sea is given human traits but still no mercy or empathy
Sending at Night - Night connotation darkness, fear, danger
‘collecting firewood’ and sends it ‘back’ into the black of night, like a thief.
The sea arrives when the people were at their most vulnerable ‘at the dead of night’; the word ‘dead’ adds to the gloomy atmosphere created by its destructive forces. It is not thwarted by man-made barriers like ‘cement walls’
The women have no protector, their ‘ancestors have neglected’ them and their ‘gods have deserted’
women are named (Aku and Adena) which makes us identify more with the victims. We learn little bits about them and their suffering which makes us empathise with them. Our empathy is further increased when we learn that these are very simple people who take pride in simple things like ‘trinkets’ and a ‘cooking-pot’, but all of which have now been destroyed.