Compare 'Vultures' by Chinua Achebe and 'What were they like?' by Denise Levertov

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In this essay I am going to compare two poems. The poems 'Vultures' by Chinua Achebe and 'What were they like?' by Denise Levertov, both poems are the same in a way both poems are about war and conflict. Both poems reflect the effects of war and how can dramatically change history. Chinua Achebe uses vultures to explore his thought and ideas of war. He starts by introducing us to their foul diet of dead humans and animal flesh, and then they appear to care and love for one another. Achebe feels that people should be hopeful that the goodness and love will one day overcome the evil inside others an that deep down there lies goodness and love in even the worlds most evil people. In this essay I am going to compare the poems ‘Vultures’ and ‘What were they like’. I am going to show how people are presented in those two poems. The people in both poems are innocent and they were victims of war.

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The poem ‘What were they like’  is presented as an interview the questioner is curious. The questions are asked too quickly and impatiently. The questioner is naïve, knowing less than he should about the way the war has ruined Vietnam.

In the first section, the questioner asks six questions about the culture, character and art of the Vietnamese people. Denise Levertov cleverly selects the finest aspects of traditional Vietnamese life as the subject of the questions. This is her way of reminding her readers about what has been lost, due to war. The questioner asks about their ornaments, ...

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