Analysis Of The Poem ' The Declaration Of Hiroshima ' By Mary Jo Salter

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“Welcome to Hiroshima” was written by Mary Jo Salter in 1895. The poem was published 40 years after the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. The bombing happened on August 6th, 1945 approximately at 8:15. The bombing of Hiroshima killed nearly 140,000 civilians, and it was tragic event that made outside which was the United States. However, the title expressed a sense of welcome for the Americans. It has also shown that people in Hiroshima are open minded about the tragic past, and their lenient attitude toward the Americans. The poem was told through the point of view of a tourist who visited the Hiroshima after its reconstruction. In the first stanza, the audiences could quickly realize that the title “Welcome to Hiroshima” was actually a slogan for the city of Hiroshima. When the speaker stepped off the train, he or she saw a billboard with the slogan “Welcome to Hiroshima”, and it was brought to the tourist in living English by Toshiba Electric. In the second stanza, the speaker started to feel a thirst for history because of the peaceful image that was displayed on a TV channel. Particularly in the third stanza, the speaker was amazed by the difference between Hiroshima’s past and present; in particular, how Hiroshima changed from a nuclear contaminated city to a symbol of peace. In the fourth stanza, the speaker was shocked by the diversity of cuisine in a coffee shop; notably, there were many western cuisines. From the fifth to eighth stanza, the…

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