History - Coggle Diagram
humanity and war
"and that gasoline smell from Leuchars gusting across / the golf links;"
"as the war planes cambered and turned"
nature representing result of human violence
"snail shells; shreds of razorfish; / smudges of weed and flesh on tideworn stone."
break of first sentence
use of listing
magnitude of destruction
"shreds" "smudges" "flesh"
remains of 9/11
child presented as innocent
"a toddler on a beach"
"the rose or petrol blue / of jellyfish and sea anemone / combining with a child's / first nakedness"
second end of sentence
danger vs innocence
"child's first nakedness"
panic about 9/11
poem visually representing the fallen twin towers
comparing history to present
focusing on effects of 9/11
anaphora throughout poem
bringing audience back to present
poem written in free verse
conveys confusion and strong emotions in poem
"- with the news in my mind, and the muffled dread / of what may come -"
"the news in my mind"
end of line emphasised
connotations of fear
9/11 making persona question life
"At times I think what makes us who we are / is neither kinship nor our given states"
not defined by family
on a single line
audience drawn to it
nature freeing the mind from the body
"our lines raised in the wind / our bodies fixed and anchored to the shore"
"lines raised in the wind"
person fixed whereas ambitions fly
"what tethers us to gravity and light / has most to do with distance"
nature and the world