Monday, March 5, 2012

A Fighter's Lines

I am old and worn
and have loss all my strength
sufferings
and the history of the fight for independence
have forced sacrifices
that know no name
or life

from the wheelchair of the rest of my days
I, body and energy crushed
see and cannot do much
these times are too big a challenge
for the remnants of my crippled years
the net of deceit spread everywhere
disturbs me

In the name of justice
Wake up and form ranks sons of our ancestors
Be brave
And erect a wall of people
Stand up heirs of our freedom
I have no more voice
It is you now who should speak!



Exercise 1
 Read the interpretation below and identify which stanza it belongs to.
No
Interpretation
Stanza
1.
The persona is now confined to his wheelchair
2
2
He can’t do much because he can’t control people and they way they think.

3
He was a soldier before and fought for his country’s independence.

4
The persona sees that the people are destroying themselves by engulfing into the world of lies and dishonesty.

5
The persona is now old and weak.

6
What happens around him really disturbs him.

7
The persona wants the young people to stand up and speak out their opinions.

8
The persona says that we need to be united and fight for the sake of our nation’s harmony

9
The persona is only able to sit on his wheelchair and monologues.


Exercise 2 - Themes
Tick the relevant themes for this poem.

No
Theme

No
Theme

1
Patriotism

4
Appreciation of nature

2
Environment

5
Courage

3
Sacrifice for independence

6
Life and death


Exercise 3
Read the questions and choose the best answers.

1.       The persona is a patriotic person because he has helped to
A.      Develop his country
B.       Plan his country progress
C.      Fight for his country
D.      Restructure his country

2.       The ‘forced sacrifices / that know no name or life’ would refer to the effort of soldiers who
A.      Have died for the country
B.       Have won the world war
C.      Were captured
D.      Were freed

3.       The persona is wheelchair bound because he has lost his
A.      Sight
B.       Hearing
C.      Ability to feel
D.      Ability to use his limbs

4.       What disturbs the persona now?
A.      The education in this country
B.       The political situation in his country
C.      The economic situation in his country
D.      The spread of diseases

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