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The title of the poem is 'sacrifice', this gives you a first impression of the poem.

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Sacrifice The title of the poem is 'sacrifice', this gives you a first impression of the poem. It gives a feeling of giving something up. When you think about the word sacrifice, it also can mean self-sacrifice, to some people this could be t do with religion, (Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross), or a greater good. In stanza one, the first three words, 'as he move' this tell, us a lot. It informs us that whatever is going on, there is, a man or a boy is involved. The lexical choice of 'moves' describes the action as being, unsurprising, almost normal. The poet then goes on to describe the knife on the goats throat, the feeling of it being normal to slit an animals throat. The second line reads 'I can feel its point on my throat.' The lexical choice of the 'I' and 'my' shows us that it's first person perspective, he also makes it ambiguous, we don't know if it's the person killing the goat or the goat who's speaking. 'as the blood geysers,' the lexical choice of 'geysers' describes ho the blood travels. ...read more.


They're hiding the goat from people, no one really thinks what they are doing is completely right, and they don't want people to see. The goats facial expressions, almost makes him human, it doesn't understand what is about to happen, the goats just waiting to see. The lexical choice 'sun', shows us that it is in the day. The last line is ambiguous, we don't know if it is the goat speaking or if it is the killer. The fact that he can smell the blood because of the heat shows us that it is likely to be in the summer. In stanza three, the knife has to be with this one person, it's 'necessary'. The lexical choice of 'necessary' gives the impression that the house is either going to be his, or he is of higher holy standing. The lexical choice of 'ritual' makes me feel that the house isn't his but he is the leader of their tribe. The lexical choice of 'him' shows that the person killing is a man. The knife is sharp which makes the cut easy. ...read more.


The man is also feeble, he is either exhausted, or not a strong person. The ground is also described as 'virgin ground,' this metaphor is a good way of showing the ground is untouched. The end of stanza four is confusing, 'cameras click'. We don't know whether the cameras are from the people or watching, or the press. Stanza five is the shortest stanza of them all, only two lines long. The last stanza takes away what we've learnt about why they aren't laying foundations of a friends house but of a Dachaus, which is a German concentration camp. The poet uses irony, 'everything is blessed' which is usually associated with things good, but we find out their for a Dachau, which is the complete opposite. The poem is confusing in parts as it's not in chronological order, the first stanza describes the knifes movement, but stanza three describes the movement of the man slitting the goats throat. It's written in a way which makes me feel that he's had a connection with the war as it's written in quite an old way and it gives me the feeling that he wants to tell of how bad the German concentration camps were, that they would kill something for no reason. Eloise Heffernan ...read more.

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