‘No More Hiroshimas’ by James Kirkup and ‘Icarus Allsorts’ by Roger McGough can look. on a superficial degree. to be wholly different verse forms. The former is long. gloomy and reflective. written in a narrative. free poetry manner. in first individual. The latter is a short. satirical riming verse form with an cheerful tone.
Upon closer analysis. nevertheless. the two pieces are non merely bound together by a common overall subject of atomic war. but portion the same implicit in subject and decision.
‘No More Hiroshimas’ . as the rubric suggests. is a blue contemplation on life in station atomic bomb Hiroshima. Japan. The verse form is fundamentally an straight-out supplication for the general populace to recognize the degree of desolation war causes. and it strives to raise anti-war emotions within the reader.
Throughout the verse form. Hiroshima is portrayed several times as geared wholly towards the tourer trade. The poet seems to be indicating out that society can commercialize even decease and devastation. selling ‘atomic lotion. for hair fall-out’ ( 1. 8-9 ) . and making tourist attractive forces such as the ‘Atomic Bomb Explosion Centre’ ( 7. 47 ) . incorporating souvenir of the blast.
The poet’s apparent disgust at this commercialisation appears to be one of the implicit in messages in the verse form. as it is made particularly clear in this poetry:
“Here atomic peace is geared to run into the tourer trade
Let it stay like this. for all the universe to see.
Without aristocracy or comeliness. and dogged with shame
That is beyond all hope of outrage. Anger. excessively. is dead.
And why should commemorations of what is far
From pleasant have the grace that helps us to bury? ”
( 5. 34-39 )
Death is a common factor used to depict many facets of Hiroshima. The poet’s hotel room is referred to as an ‘overheated morgue’ ( 4. 31 ) . and in the following poetry. he states that ‘anger. excessively. is dead’ . ‘In the deceasing afternoon. I wander deceasing round the Park of Peace’ ( 6. 40 ) infuses a sense of finality- in the undermentioned line the poet once more refers to the Park of Peace as a ‘squat. dead topographic point. ’ Finally. ‘survivors weeding the dead brown lawns around the Children’s Monument’ is used possibly to pull attending to the fact that kids. excessively. died in the blast.
The shutting lines “Remember merely these. they are the commemorations we need” ( 9. 63-64 ) refers to the ‘other relics’ . the reminders of the consequence the bomb had on worlds. instead than on the edifices. nature and the river. The poet is stating us that it is the people who truly count when determinations are being made sing the usage of atomic arms.
‘No More Hiroshimas’ could non present a more distressing message. with its effectual usage of imagination and linguistic communication. It gives a really existent grasp of the desolation and futility of war.
‘Icarus Allsorts’ . on the other manus. offers a satirical position of war. The verse form is a blithe anticipation of the coming about of World War Three. The tone. puting. linguistic communication. and imagery differ unimpeachably from those used in ‘No More Hiroshimas’ .
There seems to be a subject of war being somewhat pathetic or absurd. with the mocking imagination used to portray different groups in society. such as the British Royalty. the rich. the hapless. Germans. civil defence voluntaries and CND protagonists.
The casual manner in which war is addressed in ‘Icarus Allsorts’ is in crisp contrast to the grave tone of ‘No More Hiroshimas’ . The verse form efficaciously shows how one person’s error can hold lay waste toing effects which affect the full universe. utilizing what is known as ‘black humour’ . It is merely in the last few lines of the verse form that the reader discovers the underlying similarity between ‘No More Hiroshimas’ and ‘Icarus Allsorts’ :
“The general at the radio detection and ranging screen
He should hold got the poke
But that wouldn’t bring
Three thousand million. seven hundred and 60 eight people back. Would it? ”
This. like the concluding lines of ‘No More Hiroshimas’ . infers that no affair what the land looks like. what got destroyed and how it can be covered up. what the existent concern when it comes to atomic war is the people. and how they are affected.
Both verse forms were highly effectual in their usage of imagination to make an ambiance. and are applaudable in their ability to utilize contrastive linguistic communication. yet win in presenting the same message.