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No More Hiroshimas and Slough are Both About New Towns. Compare the Attitudes of The Poets toward their subject and how they use language and Format to Convey Their Meaning.

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No More Hiroshimas and Slough are Both About New Towns. Compare the Attitudes of The Poets toward their subject and how they use language and Format to Convey Their Meaning. In both poems are about towns that have gone wrong but in different ways slough is a town built after war to try and make a better place and no more hiroshimas is about a town in ruins because of the effects of a war. The purpose of 'slough' is protest against the horrors of post war England - the way that 'progress' leads to a decline in culture and character. The writer dislikes the artificiality of modern life and chooses slough as an example of soulless modern living it is a very nostalgic poem even though this is not the main message it is giving out. ...read more.

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The purpose of 'no more...' is to show what a real memorial should be. To show what's left after the bombs have exploded and to show that life goes on but when people remember the dead they should remember what it was really like "stained and tattered vests" and not the glamorised plaques and statues. It explains how the reminders of war are still left "stunted trees" and the word "dead" is repeated as a constant reminder and so the real meaning of the poem is not lost in the glamour as has happened in the town. The poem does not start as a war (or effects of war) poem, the explanation it gives could be anywhere it explains the traveller "at the station exit" and I had forgotten where I was" and explains the happy and normal place the town is "on little roofs.....oranges and dark red apples" and slowly brings in the feelings of the people ...read more.

Conclusion

And the "evangelist" will be preaching about a sinless life in an area that will have held much terror. Yet again the poem says how the town puts up a front "for the world to see". Ironically it explains the day as the "dying afternoon" when the whole place is about death and dead anyway also in the "park of peace" where it would have been anything but peaceful when so many died there. There is more euphemisms when the pieces left over from the bomb are described as "relics of catastrophe" when really this is an innocent phrase to describe the humanness of a disaster, but this soon leads on to how a real memorial should be with lots of description on how the terrible things should be remembered to "the ones that made me weep" as these are more likely to stop the event recurring than false images of the well recovered town. ...read more.

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