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The Message of Babi Yar- There are very few people in the world who are willing to go against the popular trends and do what they feel in their hearts is correct But Yevgeny Yevtushenko is one of those people In his poem Babi Yar he tells the story of the modern persecution of the Jews focusing on atrocities like those of the massacre at Babi Yar and the pogroms at Beilostok and also the general anti-Semitism that killed men like Dreyfus and pervades the entire Russian people The poem uses many literary devices such as graphic imagery and contrasts while painting a very clear picture of the scenes of pure horror Babi Yar is written in many different voices all of which however have the same message The author starts off with his own perspective then goes on and describes certain people in modern Jewish history whose lives will forever be remembered as symbols of the time At the end of the poem the author comes back and speaks in his own voice yet this time he delivers a message to his people about how they have committed a large number of these crimes against the Jews yet think that such actions are pure and good for Russia By switching from the voices of those who were so afflicted by the persecution to a voice of accusation the author effectively points out how foolish the arguments of the Russians are when they try to point out any validity in killing millions of Jews The poem starts out with a description of the ravine at Babi Yar However all it says is that there is nothing to describe It calls the steep ravine which is the grave sight of one hundred thousand people the only memorial
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