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Analysis of the Poem Babi Yar- In the poem Babi Yar Yevgeny Yevtushenko does a wonderful job of paying tribute to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust He does this by portraying the history of the Jewish people Yevtushenko also uses various literary devices to heighten the sentiment of the poem The poem is told in the first person by the author of the poem In the poem it is also apparent that he is addressing all Russian citizens when he writes O Russian people In this manner Yevtushenko is able to eulogize the Jewish victims of the Holocaust in front of a wide audience This technique also allows him to speak directly to the Russian people and tell them of their wrongs at the end of the poem Through usage of the first person he is able to place himself in the various situations of anti-Semitism in history He takes us from Egypt to the cross from the Dryfus affair to the pogroms from Anne Franks dark room to the massacre of Babi Yar Through all this Yevtushenko proclaims that I was there This gives the reader a sense of being trapped in the middle of these horrifying events The first person gives an eerie description that a third person description could not give After he finishes his recitation of past events he begins addressing the Russian people of the present He tells them that in general the Russians are a good hearted people But he goes on to say that there are a minority of Russians who ruin the good name of the whole Yevtushenko contends that these people call themselves The union of the Russian people However he then goes on to directly contradict their self-proclaimed name with clever
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