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The Ambiguity of Death Since the creation of man certain primal urges have been imprinted into the human beings psyche Out of many of those the instinct of death is included probably stemming from the necessity of killing to obtain ones food The instinct of death remains today and has been changed adapted suppressed and exemplified In A Formal Application the ironic theory of applying death as a way of life is portrayed through a mans act of killing a bird The poem flows through the practice planning and execution of a common bird The climax of the poem comes when he refers to his act of violence as an Audubon Crucifix Through various examples in history he validates this unnecessary crucifix A Formal Application rejoins the human race by immortalizing the importance of death The structure of the poem is separated into three sections containing three stanzas each There is no apparent rhyme scheme making it a free verse and prose piece The setting is outside most likely close to the speakers house and surrounded by forest and wildlife It takes place in the mid 1900s and probably in the spring-time This piece is compiled of nine triplets separated into three sections The first section of three triplets starts with the speaker honing his knife throwing skills In the first section the speaker starts his training By this practice he automatically tells us that he wants for this action to happen perfectly By perfecting his skills he confirms to us the importance of this act to him In the first stanza he begins to learn how to inflict pain with his knife by throwing it He molds a kitchen utensil into a fatal weapon by enhancing his throwing skills The second stanza shows his progression from merely throwing the knife to hitting a target The last stanza involves him targeting a moving object This indicates he will be inflicting harm on a
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