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The Poem Valediction by Sherman Alexie

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The author employs two important artistic features that facilitate the presentation of the poem as a complete piece against the choice of its size and design. Firstly, the precision adopted in the poem manifests through the economy of words, without compromising on the delivery of the central theme. In a weighty theme as suicide and other psychological difficulties experienced by the main character, it would perhaps tempt to apply several words to the poem. However, the author employs precision techniques that augur well with the poem leaving no loopholes, as the initial intention would need.

As briefly mentioned above, from the poem’ s title, Valediction, the image of sad episodes quickly captures the prediction of the central theme. Valediction is a word with a Latin origin depicting parting ways, particularly in a mourning scenario. Despite the fact that a direct cause for the farewell does not immediately emerge from the title of the poem, the essence of the suspense is established. Without precision and accuracy, the author’ s few words would not have captured the central theme surrounding the suicide committed by the victim, despite all indications pointing to the advice of holding on since bigger problems linger around but not sufficient to result to killing oneself. Following the other works by the author, the orientation of his career against a backdrop of sad topics enables to make a prediction of a tragic setting.

To capture similarity of sad moments, perhaps from his life encounters, the author spares the audience wordy descriptions by reckoning, “ … dark times are just like those dark times… my sad acquaintance, each dark time is… ” (Lehman and Young 2- verse 2). To capture hopelessness, the author uses simple expressions such as, “ … indistinguishable from the other dark times, yesterday is as relentless as tomorrow. ” It emerges that the sadness cycle is not about to end with the occurrence of the particular event captured in the dedicated valediction.

The despair that dominates the author’ s choice of topics clearly develops from such a presentation with astounding precision.  

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  • Pages: 6 (1690 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: College
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