Essay about To the Mercy Killers Poem

651 Words Mar 14th, 2011 3 Pages
Life is precious. Sometimes throughout life we all experience both good and bad. Sometimes life is rough, even brutal. Experiences throughout life can leave one scarred; we may not always live up to what we can be, or are able to achieve. Whether or not life has left you scarred, or you have scarred the lives of others, you still deserve the right to live. “To the Mercy Killers”, by Dudley Randall, is a poem about life; Randall believes that mercy should be granted to all of us, despite the imperfect life we have lived. Throughout the poem Randall uses irony and metaphors to portray the theme of “To the Mercy Killers.” The theme of this poem is life. We all deserve to live, despite the hardships we have faced or the wrongs we have …show more content…
Dudley describes himself as an insignificance or burden in life: Even though I be a clot, an aching clench, A stub, a stump, a butt, a scab, a knob, A screaming pain, a putrefying stench…
Still let me live, so long as life shall throb. (5-7)
A stub or stump is used as a metaphor to describe himself as he is now in life. He has been cut down, reduced to almost nothing throughout life. He is not completely dead, however, he has just been diminished to almost nothing, and wishes to continue growing – wishes to continue living. The author uses imagery to describe his repulsiveness and burden when he mentions being “…a putrefying stench…” (6). On occasion life can be repulsive and grotesque. We are often faced with many hardships and burdens that we cannot ignore, such as a putrefying stench. These unnerving stenches, or rough times, often cause us to step back from reality and regain our composure. It is Randall’s combination of imagery and metaphor that portray the theme of “To the Mercy Killers.” No matter how tough life has been, or how diminished we may feel, we deserve the chance to live. As hard as life as may be, or has been, there is still more to life than death. Dudley Randall portrays the theme of life throughout his poem “To

Related Documents