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A Powerful Use of Language in First They Slaughtered the Angels Who barbecues the lamb of god Kandel ll 21 Who raped St Mary with a plastic dildo stamped with the Good Housekeeping seal of approval ll 24-25 These statements taken out of the context of Lenore Kandels First They Slaughtered the Angels sounds at the very least crude and by many sacrilegious These words are not meant to offend but to tell a truth about our society It is the poems language that shocks the reader and it is through this perverse language that Kandel is able to bring forth a powerful message A message which informs us that our society is destroying everything that was once held sacred by its former occupants We are no longer a people of faith and tradition but a people based on spitefulness and pop culture In reading the poets words the reader must look beyond the connotation felt toward the printed word and instead use the words as a source to the writers experiences and beliefs Words are nothing without the thoughts that were intended to be seen through themKandel did not choose the words she did for her poem in order to offend or ostracize any individuals Her word choice was based on the emotion and intentions that she wanted her poem to contain Kandels message of societys corruption and its effect on spirituality could not have been accomplished by using gentle euphemisms Kandel 275 The poem has to be real Kandel would be deceiving herself and her readers if she used the sort of language that traditional readers consider acceptable Kandel is aware that she will have critics in those who claim that what she writes is trash and not poetry The truth is that no one person or group of people can dictate what poetry should be The very idea of conformity and boundaries is completely contradictory to the entire purpose of poetry
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