Vultures Comparison with What Were They Like

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The poets of both ‘Vultures’ and ‘What were they Like?’ present people in a very interesting way. ‘Vultures’ is a poem not just about vultures and the commandant, but rather explores whether there is hope because there is love everywhere, or whether there is despair, because even though love is there, evil is still always present. However, in WWTL, Levertov is obviously focusing on the effects of the evil of people rather than questioning the nature of evil itself in people. To begin with, Achebe relies heavily on juxtaposition and contrast to represent the co-existence of love and evil in people. The ‘commandant’ is described as having ‘human roast clinging rebelliously to his hairy nostrils’. Not only does this imply that the…show more content…
The person replies ‘laughter is bitter to the burned mouth’. Here, the word ‘laughter’ feels out of place as the ‘burned mouth’ emphasises and exaggerates the pain and suffering endured by the Vietnamese. The word choice is also interesting – the use of the ‘mouth’ is unusual as we are normally told of a burned hand or leg, and in my opinion, this is extremely effective, as this emotional diction reflects how the Vietnamese society was shattered and how all is lost and that indeed ‘there is an echo yet’. The alliteration of the dissonant sound ‘b’ also encapsulates the shear pain that they feel and also, when the reader makes the ‘b’ sound, our lips are violently forced together and we can imagine what it would feel like if our mouths were burned also. In summary, both these poems greatly reflect people in different ways. Whilst ‘Vultures’ seems to reflect upon the ambiguous nature of humanity (and even animals), WWTL clearly and successfully imparts the fragility and demoralised culture of
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