Flashcards in English P1- The Explosion Deck (22):
Life and death
Whether there is life after death
Whether life should be happier for most people
Life on earth should be better for all
Tells us what has or will happen
Connotation is menacing
Suggesting something bad will happen in the pithead
Entrance to a coal mine
Stanza 1 and 2
Meet the miners on their way to work
Nature is perfect and beautiful
Symbols of life and death, especially life, in the poem
"Fathers brothers nicknames laughter"
No commas gives us a sense of close they are
"Through the tall gates standing open."
Represent the gates of decent into hell
Air of menace
Gates to the end of their lives
Hell is referred to a 'the pit'
Something bad has happened
"cows/Stopped chewing for a second"
Impact on nature
As terrible as death is, it is merely a moment in life
"sun/Scarfed as in a heat-hazed dimmed"
Dust blown out of the mine covers the sun
Subtle and quick
Doesn't give us details
Alludes to the explosion
"We shall see them face to face"
One day we will be reunited in the afterlife
"Larger than life"
Powerful and healthy
"Gold as on coin"
Suggests how much better heaven is for them