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HWA CHONG INSTITUTION (HIGH SCHOOL)

UNSEEN POETRY
Question 1: Read the poem below carefully and answer the questions that follow it. Redeployment They say the war is over. But water still Comes bloody from the taps, and my pet cat In his disorder vomits worms which crawl Swiftly away. Maybe they leave the house. These worms are white, and flecked with the cats blood. The war may be over. I know a man Who keeps pleasant souvenir, he keeps A soldiers dead blue eyeballs that he found Somewhere hard as chalk, blue as slate. He clicks them in his pocket while he talks. And now there are cockroaches in the house, They get slightly drunk on DDT, Are fast, hard, shifty can be drowned but not Without you hold them under quite some time. People say the Mexican kind can fly. The end of the war. I took it quietly Enough. I tried to wash the dirt out of My hair and from under my fingernails, I dressed in clean white clothes and went to bed. I heard the dust falling between the walls. Howard Nemerov (a) What are the effects of war as conveyed by the speaker? (b) How has the poet effectively evoked sympathy for the speaker? Justify your answer with close reference to specific details in the poem. [25 marks]

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