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HERE R.S Thomas. I am a man now. Pass your hand over my brow, You can feel the place where the brains grow. I am like a tree, From the top boughs I can.

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1 HERE R.S Thomas

2 I am a man now. Pass your hand over my brow, You can feel the place where the brains grow. I am like a tree, From the top boughs I can see The footprints that led up to me. There is blood in my veins That has run clear of the stain Contracted in so many loins. Why, then, are my hands red With the blood of so many dead? Is this where I was mislead? Why are my hands this way That they will not do as I say? Does no God here when I pray? I have no where to go. The swift satellite show The clock of my whole being is slow. It is too late to start For destinations not of the heart. I must stay here with my hurt.

3 BACKGROUND  March September  Died at age 87  Welsh  An Anglican Clergyman  Nationalist

4 IDEAS  War – Our interpretation  Jesus – Internet’s interpretation  Technology – Songs of Ourselves interpretation

5 STANZA ONE I am a man now. Simple Sentence Pass your hand over my brow, Command You can feel the place where the brains grow Strong imagery

6 STANZA TWO I am like a tree, Simile From the top boughs I can see Personification The footprints that led up to me. Looking back

7 STANZA THREE There is blood in my veins That has run clear of the stain Oxymoron Contracted in so many loins.

8 STANZA FOUR Why, then, are my hands red Punctuation With the blood of so many dead? Is this where I was mislead?

9 STANZA FIVE Why are my hands this way That they will not do as I say? Does no God hear when I pray? Rhetorical Question

10 STANZA SIX I have no where to go. The swift satellite show Alliteration & Consonance The clock of my whole being is slow. Metaphor

11 STANZA SEVEN It is too late to start For destinations not of the heart. I must stay here with my hurt. Imperative

12 RHYME & RHYTHM  Tercet - Rhyming triplet: AAA BBB CCC  Slow pace  Calming – accepted his situation  Tone - Somber

13 COMPARISON  A Man I Am – Stevie Smith


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