Stone Hammer Poem

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Poems emphasise and characterize important morals, figures, items which, Robert Kroetsch reveals this through two of his honourably poems. “Stone Hammer Poem” and “Elegy for the Wong Toy” both developed by Robert Kroetsch exhibit the valued meaning of an important figure and object to reveal the arguments of the author. This is done by emphasizing the survival of humanity through the needs of the object, the importance of literary devices, and by revolving around the life and past experiences of the author to the connection of the figure. Throughout the two poems, the author displays his argument by displaying the spacing in each stanza, emphasizing the value and need of a figurative object, and parading the usage of literary devices. In both …show more content…
In the “Stone Hammer Poem”, an important quote proposed “The rawhide loops are gone, the hand is gone, the buffalo’s skull is gone;” (Kroetsch 323) displays an importance and need of a stone. I believe the author is suggesting that the stone is mainly used as a carving tool to rip apart a buffalo for consumption. This instance of an animal in the poem presents the need of the stone in the survival of humanity as it proposes that without the stone, the buffalo may have not been ripped apart and there would not been any food. Thus, this quote proves the argument that a stone symbolizes the needs for the survival of humans. Additionally, another quote displayed by the Kroetsch, “smelling a little of cut grass or maybe even of ripening wheat of buffalo blood hot in the dying sun” (Kroetsch 327) presents another instance where the importance of an animal is portrayed. This quote tells the audience that the stone posses a smell from which it was used for. Since the stone has been used on a buffalo, the stone smells of the buffalo thus recreating the memories of the author. This proves that the usage of animals throughout the poem shows the readers that animals play an important role in conveying the main argument. In comparison, the poem “Elegy for the Wong Toy” compares various and different inanimate objects to an individual for an even stronger release on the argument developed by the author. The quote “Charlie you are dead now but I dare to speak because in China the living speak to their kindred dead.” (Kroetsch 320) This quote analyzes the death of Charlie and his connection to the author. Additionally, this quote compares a ritual conducted in China when the living speaks to the dead while compared to the author while he is speaking to

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