War Ballad by: Stanley moss Chris Hollerman
War Ballad • Stanzas: six • Lines:4 • Type of Poem: Ballad • Why do I know this It has a steady rhythm and also has ballad in its name. • Some Strong rhymes • Some repetition • allusion
Imagery • Image #1 • Piano • I think there going Use it for fire Wood Image #2!! Axe
Imagery con. • Image #3 • Lizard • It lies on its belly like a lizard, • Made me think of a lizard • Image #4 • Potato • The frozen skin, steaming, peels off them, As from a boiled potato
War Ballad The piano has crawled into the quarry. Hauled In last night for firewood, sprawled With frozen barrels, crates and sticks, The piano is waiting for the axe. Legless, a black box, still polished; It lies on its belly like a lizard, Droning, heaving, hardly fashioned For the quarry’s primordial art. Blood red: his frozen fingers cleft, Two on the right hand, five on the left, He goes down on his knees to reach the keyboard, To strike the lizard’s chord.
What do I Know? • The piano may be used as the person in the war the lizard may be what the dead person looked like • The axe is the weapon • The phrase “everything played before was a lie” was maybe the war’s outcome looked good at first but at the end it was different.
Stanley moss • Biographically information • Stanley moss went to Yale and trinity university. • His first book was the “wrong angel” • No notable awards