Literature Form Three
Poem Poisoned Talk
There are several themes in this poem:
- Accountability for the destruction and damage of the environment and wildlife.
On the surface, it seems like the worm, fish, Industry, wind and sulphur dioxide committed the crimes. However, they are not the real killers. If we follow the chain of cause and effect, we realise that the real killer in all the crimes is man/human.
For instance, the fish confessed to the killing of heron. The heron died due to the tainted flesh of the fish, poisoned by water pollution. So, the real killer here is not the heron, but the person who polluted the lake instead.
- The consequences of man's greed on the environment.
Man's greed influences them to use shortcuts in order to gain profit. They use cheaper sources of energy like coal-burning and dispose industrial waste in a wrong way. These actions lead to the pollution of the environment and destruction of nature and life.
Point of View
- Third person
- The persona asks questions and reports the replies (answers).
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