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  1. Introduction
  2. Poem Analysis
  3. Conclusion

After Auschwitz is a poem that was written by Anne Sexton on January 1973. This poem was then included in a volume entitled "The Awful Rowing Towards God". It was publish in 1975, a year after her death. After Auschwitz tells about the anger of the poet about what happened during Nazi's regime. In the poem, the speaker talks about her feelings after seeing what happened in the Auschwitz concentration camp, a concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps. The speaker writes about what humans are able to do to other humans, specially what the Nazis are able to do to whoever they saw as enemy, and how horrible this tragedy happened at that time.

Poem by Anne Sexton, After Auschwitz, tells about the cruelty of Nazis that involved with the holocaust in World War II (1939-1945). It happened in Auschwitz, an infamous complex of concentration and death camps run by Nazi Germany during World War II. The complex was located in southern Poland, outside the town of Oswiecim (which the Germans called Auschwitz), on the Wisla(Vistula) River about 50 km (30 mi) southwest of Krakow. The complex covered the largest of the Nazi death and concentration camps, and its name has become forever associated with genocide. While the poem takes a setting of the time during this genocide tragedy happened.

[...] The poem generally has an angry tone. But in the end, it turns to be calmer and sad. Firstly is started with the first word ?anger', and the repetition of say aloud' gives sense that the poet wants people to listen her disappointment. She also emphasizes some words by only giving one or two words at most for each line. Sexton uses symbolism to show her anger. As in line 9+10 and 19+20, ?death' represents people who know and see all these bad behaviors and choose not to do anything. [...]

[...] The use of word and shows that particular line is addressed to Nazis. The use of word in the fifth stanza, on a soft July night , indicates the time of tragedy happen that claims many victims. Some poetic devices in this poem are simile, personification, metaphor, paradox and repetition. In the first stanza shows the simile, Anger, as black as a hook, . Next, the personification in the poem is, And death looks on with a casual eye and picks at the dirt under his fingernail. [...]

[...] Also in the fourth stanza, And death looks on with a casual eye and scratches his anus . The metaphor in this poem is in the third stanza, Man is evil, I say aloud. Man is a flower that should be burnt, I say aloud. Man is a bird full of mud, I say aloud . In the third stanza, Man is a flower that should be burnt , it signifies as paradox since it shows the contradiction of a flower that commonly shows as symbol of beauty but in this line it is being devastated by burning it. [...]

[...] While the poem takes a setting of the time during this genocide tragedy happened. From the first stanza, the poet explores the pain and tragedy involved with the Holocaust while generalizing the destruction caused by the Nazis in World War II, this stanza describe how cruel Nazi is, it is expressed by the use of the sentence like ?Each day, each Nazi took, at 08:00 A.M., a baby and sautéed him for breakfast in his frying pan. Moving to the second stanza, Sexton changes her topic to other human who act indifferently from Nazi. [...]

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