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Louis MacNeice expresses his strong views on the human life by writing a poem through an unborn childs voice He starts off by asking God to protect him from various dangerous animals that could harm him such as blood sucking bats and land rats The poet uses vivid language through the childs fears through words such as hear me and not come near me which also rhyme Furthermore the poet tries to emphasize the unborn fears through metaphors such as human race may with tall walls wall me being afraid of being taken control by other people who use wise lies to make believe something that is not true The tone of fear despair and sadness is stressed constantly throughout the poem with the repetition of I am not yet born as it shows that although the foetus hasnt entered the human world yet he is already concerned about all the evils that could affect him Alliteration such as grass to grow for me and trees to talk to me and personification like water to dandle me add to the deep meaning of the poem but in this stanza referring to the good aspects of human life The fourth stanza is concerned with all the sins that humans commit in this world The foetuss fear of sinning is seen though the metaphors of my worlds when they speak me And my thoughts when they think me as he is afraid of being brainwashed performing acts beyond his control which would turn him away from anything holy and sinful Throughout the poem the poet uses such a form of writing that each stanza starts from being wide and then narrows down towards the end and makes it easier for the reader to carry on as the poet feel s the pressure on him from society The fifth stanza refers to the foetus being worried about various situations in his future human life as for
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