Conflict Poetry-Out of the Blue (Extract)

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Out of the Blue

You have picked me out.

Through a distant shot of a burning building

'Distant shot' suggests that the reader is watching the 9/11 news coverage on TV. 'Building burning' emphasises the distance of the people watching through alliteration.

you have noticed now

that a white cotton shirt is twirling, turning.

'Twirling, turning' both are very gentle movements, often used in dance, this represents the speakers hope at the beginning of the poem.

In fact I am waving, waving.

Repetition of 'waving' emphasises the continuous motion of waving the shirt out of the window.

Small in the clouds, but waving, waving.

Does anyone see

a soul worth saving?

These two lines suggest that the speaker believes people can help him but are just unwilling to try, he doesn't realise the severity of his situation.

So when will you come?

This hints at a very conversational tone, he still believes he can come out of this alive, before he becomes desperate.

Do you think you are watching, watching

Repetition of 'watching' shows that he thinks no one is acting to try and help or save him, he feels forsaken by the people below yet he still has hope.

a man shaking crumbs 

or ******* out washing?

The trivial and ordinary things to do contrast


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