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Jac Codi Baw Poetry Essay

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Jac Codi Baw Poetry Essay The Poem "Jac Codi Baw" is about a building which is going to be destroyed. The woman, who is narrating the poem, feels very strongly about the building and does not want it to be demolished. This building is very unique and precious to the woman which is why she feels even more strongly, regarding the building following its demolition. The woman shows her anger and disapproval about the building, as she believes the building holds memories, traditions and gives the city its identity, and destroying the building leads to the loss of character and Welsh traditions. The writer's main aim is to involve us with the woman's emotions, thoughts and feelings. The woman wants us to be aware that the building is greatly important to her and wants us to appreciate the value of the building. She wants us to care for the building as thought it is a living thing. The writer's aim is not only to tell us that the woman is angry, but also to tell us that she is trying to convey a message through the poem saying that we should respect and value buildings. ...read more.

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It is a harsh sounding 'b' creating a harsh atmosphere. Personification is used again in the next few lines, making us feel guilty, almost as if the building is being murdered - "Other cars had time to drive away." The narrator makes us feel her anger and disapproval by using pronouns and different techniques. The effect of the first sentence makes us feel as though she is witnessing a murder-the murder of the building. She makes us feel guilty because we have driven off from the building and she is left there helpless, witnessing the demolition of the building. The poet has used personification in the phrase "Mine is splattered with the stones' blood, smoky with ghosts." The poet uses onomatopoeia with the word 'splattered'. This may suggest that she is very irritated as her car had been covered with the stones from the building. She is also upset because she feels as though the building is a living being, and that it is very valuable to her and yet again, she has to visualise those things happening to her building. The writer also aims to get her rage through by using alliteration. ...read more.

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The use of the word 'pile-drivers' is also clever as it allows the reader to picture the machines in their heads, and understand the power they hold. The poet has used the next phrase to take the reader through the emotions of everyone involved. He contrasts the 'cheerful' pile-driver with the narrator's grief. He starts the sentence of with cheerful and ends it with grief: "cheerful in his yellow machine, laughing at my grief". The phrase "hand-writing of a city" is a metaphor, comparing the building to someone's hand-writing, showing that it is as unique and characteristic to the city as someone's hand-writing is to them. "I can't laugh." The narrator wishes to laugh at the pile-driver's stupidity in demolishing the building, and removing the city's identity, but is unable to do so, because the remains of the buildings are still present, and something as simple as a laugh would destroy whatever is left. The following sentence describes the remnants of the demolition, "brick dust, shards of Caernarfon slate." There is an alliteration with the 's' and the words 'shards' and 'slate' are sharp and harsh, creating a bitter mood. The final sentence, "blood on our hands" conveys the message of guilt. We are all guilty for the crime, for not doing anything to stop the act of murder of the building. ...read more.

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