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Analysis and comments on What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov

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Comment 21 of 121, added on November 14th, 2008 at 3:12 AM.

well this is the type of poem i like because it is slightly camp

Matt Parsons from Canada
Comment 20 of 121, added on November 5th, 2008 at 11:16 AM.

A great poem, really deep but very sad. Quite hard to study, I'm doing it
for English at the moment, but still good. Lauren, Georgia, don't be harsh.

Ellie from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 121, added on September 22nd, 2008 at 12:04 PM.

I am doing this poem at the minute in English Anthology for GCSE, i'm sort
of understanding it...but i'm still confused...lol

Heather from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 121, added on September 19th, 2008 at 9:46 AM.

This poem shows the reality of what happens in war.. the loss of lives show
exactally why people get agitated by it. The most effective line for me is
the one that says 'Who knows? Its silent now' to me this indicates that an
entire country was wiped out. Although we all know this was not the case
but still many many thousands of lives were lost... its not fair and is a
very delicate subject for many who have lost loved ones due to war... more
people need to respect that rather than post unappropriate comments about
it. This world would be a much better place if people thought about what
they were saying before they say it...

sophie from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 121, added on August 6th, 2008 at 10:05 AM.

This poem was written during US involvement in Vietnam as a protest against
that involvement. It is despiaring, as though the questions are being
asked about a people that no longer exists.

Is it only about Vietnam? No: it is about war, not about a particular
place, and the results of war. And as it shouws, no one is invulnerable or
immune from those results.

Joseph from United States
Comment 16 of 121, added on May 12th, 2008 at 6:31 AM.

this poem is a peaceful and delightful poem to read

amie from United Kingdom
Comment 15 of 121, added on April 2nd, 2008 at 4:05 AM.

this poem is wow a waste of time. dont read it, its pointless and
boring....it makes no sense & we don't live in vietnam so bovvered?!? we iz
wow carin bwt the war & dat buh really??? is the war our folt thow? nah m8.
inabit x

lauren & georgia from Antigua and Barbuda
Comment 14 of 121, added on March 2nd, 2008 at 3:53 AM.

"It is silent now" could be that no voices are now heard as they were
killed during the war.

we are doing this poem in Engish

x...amy...x from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 121, added on December 1st, 2007 at 8:58 AM.

Please be aware that the poem as printed above contains errors. Example: it
is "after the children were killed," not "after THEIR children," and "stone
lanterns illumined," not "stone GARDENS." There are other errors as well.

Steve Barsky from United States
Comment 12 of 121, added on December 1st, 2007 at 8:52 AM.

This poem has been set to music by James Primosch. Our choir, Mendelssohn
Club of Philadelphia, commissioned Mr. Primosch's setting and has performed
it twice in concerts. It is a wonderful and sympathetic setting of the
text. Our site: www.mcchorus.org.

Steve Barsky from United States

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Poet: Denise Levertov
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