“the Hand That Signed the Paper” Analysis

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“The Hand That Signed the Paper” consists of four stanzas that harshly mock the cold and unfriendliness present of politics and conflict. In my opinion this poem is about war, revealing the speakers disgust for political leaders overall.
The poet makes audience feel as though the hand that signed the paper is worthless or despicable. These overpowering figures with in the poem seem to be important and arrogant for putting themselves in a powerful, life or death situation.
The first stanza is notifying the audience that a simple signing of this document sets off a tragic and irreversible outcome. “Double the globe of dead and halved a country; These five kings did a king to death” (Stanza 1, Line3-4) is referring to the decision to
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An example of this is in the title of Thomas’s work, “The Hand that Signed the Paper”. This title is referring to the hand as if it would be acting freely of its owner. Other examples of this are, “fingers taxed the breath” (Stanza 1, Line 2), “Great is the hand that holds dominion over Man by a scribbled name” (Stanza 2, Line 11-12), and “A hand that rules pity as a hand rules heaven” (Stanza 4, Line 15).
With in this poem there are relating words and repetition used as a poetic devices. “Murder” (Stanza 2, Line 3) and “did a king to death” (Stanza 2, Line 4) have identical meanings. Also within the poem, there are synonyms: “paper” (Stanza 1, Line 1) and “treaty” (Stanza 3, Line 9). I believe that Thomas used these relating words to put direct attention on them, indicating particular importance to the actual message of the poem.
There is one example of foreshadowing consisting within the poem, “The Hand That Signed the Paper”, which is ultimately referring to the speaker’s actions that are going to take place with in the poem.
“The Hand that Signed the Paper” has a rhyme scheme of: ABAB, and the first and third lines of each stanza are iambic pentameter, but with an eleventh, unstressed syllable. Near the end of the poem, in the third and fourth stanza, there is a rhyme scheme of: ABCB. I believe
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