"Unto Us" – Analysis of Technique

8. Choose a poem which creates pity or sympathy in you. Show how the feelings of pity or sympathy are brought into focus by the use of poetic techniques.

1. “Somewhere, at some time”
2. “Tiny”/ “small”
3. “I had no say”
4. “I was taken”
5. “blind, naked, defenceless”
6. “my father smiled”
7. “no grief filled my empty space”
8. “my death was celebrated”
9. “I WAS”
10. “Pretending to be a woman”
11. “The cot I might have warmed”
12. “No Queen’s Counsel”
13. “sterile”
14. “plastic bucket”

1. Repetition
2. Synonyms
3. First person narrative (4.)
5. List/ vulnerable/ cumulative effect
6. Imagery
7. Imagery
8. Oxymoron
9. Past tense/ CAPITAL LETTERS
10. Comparison
11. Supposition/ Imagery
12. Imagery – Wealth
13. Word choice – double meaning
14. Word choice – imagery – cheap – no ceremony

Through the opening lines, Milligan creates a clear sense of sympathy for the foetus. When he uses the repetition of “somewhere, at sometime” he is creating a sensation of vagueness, that nobody can remember where or when the baby was conceived – nobody cares. When he refers to the foetus using synonyms (“tiny”/ “small”) he is stressing to the reader how vulnerable it was. This idea of vulnerability is continued when the foetus says, “I had no say in my being” and by using the first person narrative we are more inclined to believe the foetus is a developed person, and we sympathise with the fact that it had no control in its life.

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