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Analysis and comments on Losses by Randall Jarrell

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Comment 4 of 60, added on March 23rd, 2007 at 12:10 AM.

THis poem is about a young man who is rejoicing at the loss of his mothers.
He has just finished murdering his mother and is comparing it to the
characteristics of war.

BIll Dick from China
Comment 3 of 60, added on August 12th, 2005 at 11:03 PM.

This poem makes me feel sad and lonely…The subject is on young men going
away to fight in the war. The theme is death. I think one of the reasons
which makes you feel after you’ve read the poem is the reason of the young
boy's death, and how like the many others who were killed in the war, their
deaths are only viewed as statistics which we read about in books and see
on tv. This particular death was just too quick, too simple…a life of hopes
and dreams wasted. It questions the meaning of life and the reason of war.
Some people want to die, and commit suicide; giving away their life.
Whereas this poem on a deeper level is about committing suicide; knowing it
but not wanting it. Like it was all a big risk and then suddenly a mistake
is made….and it’s all gone; a life. Dying for a cause: but in the end what
was the point in it?

Melanie, 14yrs old from Australia
Comment 2 of 60, added on July 1st, 2005 at 10:38 AM.

To me, this poem talks about both the inevitibility of loss and the
absurdity of war. Invisible tears sprinkle the pages the poem is written
on. How do we reconcile tragic and needless loss of life? We don't. Lives
sacrificed for nothing. What do you get? A ribbon? A medal? The poem leaves
us, like billions before and after, to ponder folly of political power and
the price for it. The irregular rhyme scheme mocks this randomness, like
the unspeakably mundane and disconnected acts of killing, acts that are
rehearsed on depersonified "targets" till boredom, then carried out
against "targets" not people, over "cities" who ask questions, not
people.It's "war" not murder. It's justified so that makes it all OK
doesn't it? Doesn't it? "Acts" or war aren't really "acts." There is no
"acting." It's real. Real people die and for what? Acts of war. Nothing is
in our control. Let this poem sink in, let it penetrate you.
Go ahead, I dare you.

--Richie Begin, Santa Cruz

Richard Begin from United States
Comment 1 of 60, added on April 20th, 2005 at 12:49 PM.

i would i like act out this poem for english class because we have to do a
project on this poem so i need help setting this poem up please tell me
what the poem is really talken about i know like some of it but i need to
know all so that i can put this all together i really need help real bad
so if you can help me in any way please do so

latese from United States

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Poet: Randall Jarrell
Poem: Losses
Added: Feb 20 2003
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