Analysis Of Edward Hirsch's Execution

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There are those that go beyond their needs to save others but never save themselves. Individuals sometimes own an obsession with an idea that they will do anything to be superior in that concept, even ignore their own necessities. An example of this would be a high school football coach that stood out from all the rest. He, however, had a deadly illness that interfered with his living. His cancer weakened him in many ways, but not in his way of attempting to succeed in matches for his team. In the poem, “Execution” by Edward Hirsch, he writes to express his gratitude towards his beloved coach for the sacrifices he made for his team.
To begin with, Hirsch used irony to represent the significant differences in the word execution in the use of
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During certain moments in the passage, the author demonstrates gratitude and appreciation for what the coach does for his team by expressing that type of tone. Hirsch tells us how the coach “...challenged us to hammer him with forearms, / And devised elaborate, last-second pays - a flea / Flicker, a triple reverse - to save us from defeat” (L. 22). The author used this to describe the determined hard work the coach is putting in with his player to win future games. Hirsch shows his appreciation for the practice drill the coach put his time into and putting aside his illness for them. On the other hand, other sections of the poem express a different type of tone and set of emotions. The author’s tone at these moments expressed sorrows to the coach’s physical weakening by cancer and explained developments of the illness in his appearance. Statements such as “The last time I saw my high school football coach / he had cancer stenciled into his face” demonstrates a depressing attitude towards how the cancer is affecting his body negatively (L. 1). The expression of the coach left a mark in the boy’s head as anyone else would with a work of art they felt a connection to. This can show the connection the boy felt through something as simple as the coach’s image. The use of tone allows the reader to feel and understand different emotions and moods throughout the poem, which helps bring awareness to the author’s meaning of the entire

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