"A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London."

Thomas, Dylan; Adelstein, Amy
June 2011
Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London by Dyl;2011, p1
Poem Analysis
"A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London," a poem of twenty-four lines divided into four stanzas of six lines each, follows the rhyme scheme abcabc. The title indicates the poet's rejection of conventional means of responding to death. The refusal takes on greater force as it confronts the senseless casualty of a child to war; the fire refers to the firebombing of London during World War II.


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