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Song of the Battery Hen. How has the poet portrayed what life is like in the battery farm?

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2 (a) How has the poet portrayed what life is like in the battery farm? The poet has portrayed that life is comfortable in the battery farm. In the first stanza, the poet describes the place where the hens live. They have ?a new concrete floor that?s always dry?. This shows that improvements are made to the accommodation given. They also have ?a sheet-iron roof that rain drops on?. The hens are even sheltered from the rain, thus providing comfort. ...read more.

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Moreover, it is stated that the battery farm is situated in a considerably near distance with a broiler house. A broiler house is where tender young chickens are raised for broiling, over a grill or in an oven. This creates a contrast between the chickens in the broiler farm and the hens in the battery farm. The hens in the battery farm are reared to lay eggs and are given a nice place to live in while the chickens in the broiler farm are reared to be killed. ...read more.

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In the last stanza, there was also a line ?blessed us with this expensive home?. This shows that the hen thought of the home as a blessing given by God and therefore, will be grateful for it. The poet has successfully portrayed that life is comfortable in the battery farm through descriptions and setting that enhance the positive side of the farm and also through the idea that the hen is grateful that it has such a nice place live in. (b) Comment on the title of the poem. Do you think it is an effective title? ...read more.

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