Analysis Of The Poem ' Beirut ' And Philip Appleman

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Even though both John Freeman “Beirut” and Philip Appleman “Nobody Dies in Spring” poems use setting as camera to pull the reader closer to the main action and setting as action to describe how the setting of Beirut and New York has changed in springtime, they still differ significantly on their use of setting as mood. While Freeman has chosen setting expresses a sad and dark emotional reaction, Appleman set his setting in a way that creates a mood of happiness and full of life. In analyzing “Beirut”, Freeman creates setting as the camera to convey a close perspective of the place, setting as action to show the conflict and differences that had occurred over time in Beirut, and setting as mood to express the emotion of the place. First, Freeman creates the setting by translating the perspective using a close up to isolated other objects to so you can pay close attention to the main idea. He states, “Here where everywhere was somewhere else; and the street signs point to Paris, and the light is not to be trusted” (156). Freeman starts from the beginning focusing closer and closer to the idea, by giving more vivid details for example when he states “streets signs point to Paris, and then more detailed to, “light is not to be trusted”, he is pulling the reader closer to the main action to reveal his primary focus or message of the story. Second, through the use of setting as action Freeman creates a conflict in the setting describing it in a way that evokes bad

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