Hello Day Worldwide Analysis
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Hello Day- Worldwide The poem has been written by someone who has visited a place where people are not as friendly as they are at her home village. She feels that the people in this town who don't speak to their neighbours are rude and she introduces the idea of a "hello day" because they need something to encourage them to make friends and be involved with the community. In the first stanza the author describes the town that has inspired her to write the poem. She refers to the place as "where Good Morning is offensive". This portrays people's attitudes towards each other. People seem to be too preoccupied with their own lives to make time for other people. The word "offensive" could have been used to show that people in the town are short tempered. The author then says "Maybe they need a hello day, a gesture, a token of what could have been." ...read more.
The author knows that building a friendship takes work and that it does not happen spontaneously. She also knows that it is worth making the effort because in return she has valuable friendships within her community. Alternatively, it could be an indication that her idea of a worldwide Hello Day will give people the initial encouragement thy need to get to know each other and establish friendships. The next stanza is relatively long and uses lots of literary techniques to portray the change the author feels will take place if people become more open. The first example is "The unbarring of windows and gates, the demolition of fences and walls." This is a metaphor for how people put up barriers in order to avoid intimacy. It is also a representation of the demolition of people's attitudes towards others and their habit of isolating themselves from others. Another interesting metaphor is the mention of "entry permits". ...read more.
The rhythm is inconsistent and fragmented. Then in the second stanza the author talks about how different it is in her own village, and the sentences are much longer and the rhythm begins to flow more naturally. At the end of this stanza the author describes the benefits of being friends with her neighbours. This is where she starts to use descriptive imagery in order to portray her increasingly optimistic mood as she thinks about her home village and her friends. The third stanza is where the rhythm develops into a natural-sounding and flowing pace. She uses a lot of literary devices and complex sentence structures to create an uplifting mood. However, after this the mood changes again and becomes pessimistic. The ending of the poem consists of short lines and the rhythm does not flow as well as in the third stanza. The short sentences used relates to their content; such as the implication that people want to have brief and ephemeral conversations. This change in rhythm and structure helps the reader to understand the author's meaning and to create the intended atmosphere. ...read more.
This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.
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