Analysis Of The Poem Five Ways Of Kill A Man By Edwin Brock Essay

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Good morning/afternoon, I’m Coran McNamara from Carmel College here at the Celebrating Poetry festival to present a seminar on ‘Themes in Poetry’ and today I will be talking about the poem “Five Ways to Kill a Man” by Edwin Brock, the theme and subject matter as well as the poetic techniques and a defence of poetry. First, I would like to talk about the poet, Edwin Brock. Edwin Brock was born on the 19th of October 1927 and died on the 7th of September 1997. Edwin was a police officer when his poems started to be published but had left the force to become an advertising copywriter while still creating poems. Edwin had hated being an advertising copywriter as it distracted him from his real creative life in poetry.
“Five Ways to Kill a Man” describes the various ways that man has used since the ancient times to now, to kill other human beings. The methods used are crucifixion, lancing, gassing, bombing and these methods has been describe as cumbersome by the poet, and so he offers a much simpler way to kill a man, which is to simply live in the 20th century.
Stanza one is about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is evident that it tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a crowd of people forced him to carry the cross, which is a plank of wood and then they nailed him to it. A cock that crows crowed when Peter had denied being with Jesus Christ three times, later on Christ had his cloak removed so that he would not be able to have a proper burial and his corpse…

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