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Analysis of Francis Devines A Terrible BeautyWhen first confronted with the poem A Terrible Beauty the reader would presumable not get any understanding out of the title After reading the poem the reader can get the basic idea and create a clear picture of the setting and the tone from the speaker The subject was a black man getting beaten by a group of Irish somewhere in Ireland The reader does not recognize the theme of the poem right away After recognizing the last two lines Is this the terrible beauty we have reared 51-51 as an allusion the reader makes a reference back to the poem by William Butler Yeats In the poem by Yeats Easter 1916 the reader can interpret some irony and discover the theme The theme is a question how could Irishmen beat a black man in such an appalling racist way after encountering racism themselves The discussion will include five aspects of poetic discourse imagery tone of the poemspeaker diction allusions and ironyThe poem is divided into eight stanzas and fifty-two lines there is no rhythm or rhyme connection them The poem begins with the line They were beating him1 5 9 13 and explains he was a black man but as the reader continues to the end of the second stanza some repetition of that line is notices The repetition is there to create an emphasis on the racism these Irishmen showed towards this black man In stanzas three and four it is clarified that the speaker is opposed to what the group has done to the man with the lines Effing nigger lover 18 and As I helped him stand 21 The poem continues and explains that the black man did not want help As the reader starts with stanza seven and goes on the speaker is just thinking and trying to make an understanding of what he has just witnessed The speaker then explains that he
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