All right, gentlemen, mourning as usual the blue murder. No, they`re human beings: uniforms, boots. How do you explain that? They were created in the picture. Volcineti, Romania, June 10, 1942, Deportation of Jews to Transnistria via the Nistru River (The ability to answer various questions provides a basis for interesting discussions among students) and you will be covered with skin and tendons and you will live, He stands, stamps a little in his boots, rubs his hands. He is cold in the morning breeze: an assiduous angel who has worked hard for his promotions. Suddenly, he thinks he made a mistake: all eyes, he counts again in the open notebook the bodies waiting for him in the square, camp in the camp: I`m just absent, I`m not there, I`m a mistake, my eyes turn, quickly, clears my shadow. I don`t want to. The sum will be fine, without me: here for eternity … . here in this carpI am the day before with abel my son, I see my other son of the man who tells him that me and he in his mercy left nothing of me that was going to die. And I fled towards him, I lifted him in weightlessness, blue, sorry, I would even say sorry – smoke at any value, without image or resemblance. .
Five poems by Dan Pagis are presented in this selection, which focus on different aspects of the Holocaust. The five poems do not constitute a composite image of the Holocaust. Rather, they are like stones of different colors in a complex mosaic, which represent in a very personal way different angles of his post-war reflections. They are not interconnected or interdependent, although it is possible to develop common reference points between some of them for further study. The recurring motifs that appear in the poems are dealt with at the end of this unit. If a teacher teaches many of the poems, motifs and places that Pagis keeps using, one might note as an additional strategy to understand the survivor/poet and, of course, the historical contexts invoked in the various poems. Below is a series of elements that come back in this selection of poems: Imaginary Man, Goes. Here`s your passport. You don`t have to remember that.
You have to match the description: your eyes are already blue. Do not escape with the sparks in the smoke socket: you are a man, you are on the train. Sit comfortably. You`ve got a decent coat, a repaired body, a new name in your throat. We`re going. Don`t forget. Well, gentlemen, the blue tears as usual, the miraculous, the calm! Everything is put back in its place, paragraph by paragraph. The scream in the throat. The golden teeth return to the gums. Terror. Smoke back to the tin fireplace, then back and forth in the bowl of bones, and you will be covered with skin and tendons and you will live, look, you will have your life back, sitting in the living room, reading the evening paper.
Please. It is not too late. As for the yellow star, it is immediately torn from the chest and moves towards the sky. . to heaven. From the Hebrew of Stephen Mitchell . These poems are presented separately. A teacher can choose to work with any number of poems or with all these poems.
Teachers who use two or more of the poems presented can then use suggestions that appear under recurring patterns at the end of the unit. The proposal to use poetry to involve students in the historical study of the Holocaust is based on the belief that a personal statement, like most of the poetry of the Holocaust, will effectively generate initial interest in the subject. Poems allow a personal view of the interior as opposed to the accounts of the most distant historians. The human dimension, which is often at the centre of poetry, will more easily attract attention.