Hero, who identifies himself with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is allowing us to understand the atmosphere of the event and the sorrow of people affected by war. Also the next part can metaphorically mean that this woman had a loved one on the wall, he appears on her blouse, her heart and when she leave the names remain because their death can't be undone. Already the face is fading, a good thing for all concerned? Maybe the lost arm could relate to someone that he actually knew in the war that resembled the man that actually lost an arm during combat. Out of the more than 58,000 names of the Vietnam War dead listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, twenty-five do not belong; they are still among the living. This show that the man has been to the same place more than once or twice. Komunyakaa did a great job writing a short poem that means something to the Vietnam veterans.
The poem is very sad. I think the wall is a good recognition of the ones who put their lives forward an the war. Like McColl said, it almost seems that it could be a dream, but more like a nightmare; one that you don't ever wake up from. On the one hand he is as tough as that granite, on the other he is as weak and sensitive as flesh. He is experiencing the simultaneous existence of peace and war and how it changes those who surround it. The smoke in the quote also represent or relate to the incident that happened In the war, and since smoke fades or moves and disappear it tells about the people who died or lost their life. By doing this, Yusef identified himself as African-American, and forged a link between the memorial and the similarities in color.
Yusef Komunyakaa began to reflect on all the things that had been pushed from his mind for years. The prisoners are helpless based on how they walk, and they are dressed. He characterizes himself as an african americanw ho was once in the war. This poem tells a story of the author going to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and seeing his dead friend in front of the black wall. I definitely think you are dead on about the ending, too. It was really great to still be able to get someone elses perspective. Continue to build on what others before you have noticed and add your own interpretations.
I think that Komunyakaa is extremely humbled by the war, and the viewing of the monument. The iconography of the memorial is well known to almost everyone; so I will reiterate and interpret only those aspects of its design that are pertinent. He looks over to see a women in disrespect of the wall. Komunyakaa served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967 as an information specialist and an editor for a military newspaper titled The ; he also received a Bronze Medal for his tour of duty. He's lost his right arm inside the stone.
That is why the poem is dramatic. His experience cannot be separated from who he is. It was interesting how when he looked he saw his friend get killed in a booby trap, but when a women looks she just sees the name. A visit to this structure sparks off flashbacks of the war that haunt him and invoke many painful memories. The wall is cold and dark and when you look at it you see that life continues on but if you look into the wall you can fade into the distorted flash backs and misinterpretations of reflections just how the author of the poem has.
The persona compares them with the box kites because they appear to be weak and at the mercy of their captors. It is sad to see that when he touches the name of a deceased soldier, he immediately has a flashback to the war, possiibly the event that had taken the soldier's life. These experiences are still so real that he cannot free himself from them. In other words, it integrates the visitor in a complex mobile collage in which the viewer watches himself look as others watch him look at names of the dead, which are conjoined by the landscape and a compression of history stretching from the Revolutionary War to the to the Vietnam War. The 1980s also witnessed a flood of films about the Vietnam War and returning Vietnam veterans.
How was I going to explain to a class filled with 13 and 14-year-olds that a poem about the Vietnam War was significant to me? The literal meaning is, he touches a name on the black granite wall and has a flashback of that person doing something. The next two lines are a prime example of the choppy phrasing that is characteristic of this poem. The literal meaning is that the speaker who is African American is looking at himself in a black granite wall. But note the verb hiding which hints at shyness and doubt, or wanting to avoid being seen. But yeah, thanx for ѕρending some time to discuѕs this matter here on your web page. C back in 8th grade I remember the feeling of sadness I got just by looking at all the names. There's a precise figure given, as if the individual has gone through each and every one.
After these steps are taken, one could deduct from the poem that Komunyakaa is indeed both facing the memories of his daunting past in the war and literally facing the wall of those who weren't as lucky as him to leave Vietnam alive. I genuіnely еnjoyed reаding it, yоu could bе a greаt author. Being such a dark shadow eludes to the inevitable outcome that the image itself is a dangerous being in itself. This poem is a good example of how a veteran lives their life. It's granite, one of the toughest, most durable rocks there is.
It is most commonly thought that Komunyakaa is the narrator, telling this poem in first person straight from his memories of the Vietnam War. I go down the 58,022 names, half-expecting to find my own in letters like smoke. It is like a different being. My clouded reflection eyes me like a bird of prey, the profile of night slanted against morning. I go down the 58,022 names, half-expecting to find my own in letters like smoke. Names shimmer on a woman's blouse but when she walks away the names stay on the wall. Through that, they can learn and become connected with all those names on the wall.