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Stephen Spenders Epilogue to a Human Drama and Toge Sankichis Dying are poems detailing the destruction of two cities London and Hiroshima respectively during or after World War II bombings Spender wrote Epilogue to a Human Drama hereafter referred to as Epilogue after a December air raid of London during the Battle of Britain which ravaged and razed much of England from Summer 1940 until Spring 1941 Sankichi wrote Dying from his vivid recollections of the surprise atomic bombing of Hiroshima which decimated the Japanese city in less than a second Both the Battle of Britain and Hiroshima were horrible senseless and vicious incidents that exacted gave tolls on innocent victims Spender endured the Battle of Britain and Sankichi experienced the horror of Hiroshima The poets responses differ greatly in style and perspective but each work clearly defines the ramifications of atrocities such as those committed against Spender Sankichi and the populations of London and Hiroshima Englands Royal Air Force battled Germanys Luftwaffe from August 1940 until May 1941 During that conflict England was subjected to air raids day and night When Hitler finally withdrew his birds of war four hundred thousand British citizens had been killed forty-six thousand had been seriously wounded and one million homes had been leveled After one raid a relief team helped a woman who had covered been covered in powdered brick and plaster and was bleeding profusely As they aided her she repeated four words continually in a tone of quiet terror Mans inhumanity to manMans inhumanity to man Jablonski 148 Stephen Spender was in London for the duration of the bombings He saw the demolition of surrounding buildings He heard the droning of approaching bombers He smelled the smoke of raging infernos In his autobiography World Within World Spender describes his mental condition during the raids as a trance-like condition and describes how he forced himself to think of places and things as merely mental concepts in order
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