The very first two stanzas employ the use of imagery. Both help develop the scene of the reader eating a meal before sunset, thinking of a childhood memory. The way in which this is written makes it seem as if “you” (the reader) are in a dreamy state of mind. This dreamy state of mind turns into what can be described as nostalgia (ironic due to the poem’s topic). These memories of a hearty “meal” at a “declining day” allow the reader to grow comfortable with the piece. It can fool the audience to think this to be a safe and happy poem, but just as the Sestina (in form) is a game, it seems the writer is playing it with us.
The third stanza employs the use of syntax heavily, where in the first two...
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...ice of words and focus on the idea of fire add to the story portrayed through the sestina, which allows for us (as the readers) to not forget how horrendous this time in history was. This poem in the end does demonstrate the need for emotional attachment when referring to the past in history, making it a theme to the piece.
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