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The Hand That Signed The Paper Analysis

Author: poem of Dylan Thomas Type: poem Views: 9

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The hand that signed the paper felled a city;

Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,

Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country;

These five kings did a king to death.

The mighty hand leads to a sloping shoulder,

The finger joints are cramped with chalk;

A goose's quill has put an end to murder

That put an end to talk.

The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,

And famine grew, and locusts came;

Great is the hand the holds dominion over

Man by a scribbled name.

The five kings count the dead but do not soften

The crusted wound nor pat the brow;

A hand rules pity as a hand rules heaven;

Hands have no tears to flow.


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The poem is about how the control of one person affects others and destroy others. 5 fingers and the hand symbolize authority and how the authority's power affects negatively people.

| Posted on 2017-12-17 | by a guest

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thanks a lot Shweta yes, one can imagine all these aleapbhts as having characteristics of their own A will be like the always active leader, always the first to do anything; O will be the likeable buffoon of the group; and Z, what wud Z be like, maybe always sleepy! What do u imagine these kids doing

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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'A goose's quill has put an end to murder
That put an end to talk'
-these words signifies that pen is indeed mightier than a sword. we have to fight for our freedom, for our rights, and for our future. we should not let greedy people overpower us nor manipulate anyone of us.
we can do something. never let any word remained unspoken.

| Posted on 2010-01-25 | by a guest

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This poem to me is an angry, frustrated Thomas lashing out on a whimsical God who he believes to be ignoring him on earth.

| Posted on 2010-01-18 | by a guest

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This poem contains a strong politically message about the oppression within society which is at the hands of unsympathetic individuals.

| Posted on 2010-01-10 | by a guest

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The disgust Thomas feels for this individual, this hand that rules, that 'holds dominion over man by a scribbled name' is clearly evident throughout.
But what interests me is that Thomas also seems to be criticizing God in his final two lines: 'A hand rules pity as a hand rules heaven; Hands have no tears to flow.' These lines convey two messages to me. Not only is he comparing the power of this individual to that of God, additionally, the lines seem to betray an anger towards God who does not show pity on the common man.

| Posted on 2009-06-20 | by a guest

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We give so much power to just one person in the modern way of governing “power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834–1902)
These people that we trust with all the power of our country, modern leaders have the absolute power that can be likened to a sovereign rule, with a flick of a pen they can start a war, take all our money, and do away with each other without a thought or flicker remorse.

| Posted on 2008-10-13 | by a guest

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This poem is about how government turns a cold shoulder to the feelings on man and has no real sympathy for the majority of it's people. It goes on to talk about how a government leader counts the dead and wounded, yet sheds no tears nor has pity. The five kings (symbolizing a hand - synecdoche) are thought to be at ease while ordering troops into battle, partially because they are not sending themselves nor close loved ones into the dangers and therefore have little sympathy for the dead.

| Posted on 2008-05-06 | by a guest

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