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Explication Essay

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Explication Essay # 1 – “Facing It”
Images of war and death can wear on the psyche of anyone and can affect those exposed in vastly different ways. In Yosef Komunyakaa’s poem “Facing It,” the soldier depicted in the poem faces a struggle with images of death and his experiences in combat during the Vietnam War. He grapples with something that we understand today as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; “Facing It” describes the mind altering events and the subsequent symptoms through the mind of the soldier in the poem. Moreover, as many veterans must do after they return from hell, the soldier faces coping with the memory of others around him that returned home in a flag draped box. ...view middle of the document...

The soldier sees a “white vet’s image” (Komunyakaa 1539) floating closer, implying that an African-American Soldier is on the other side of the window. This is not only symbolic of the struggle for civil rights occurring during late 1960s, but that war does not discriminate and kills all people equally. Unsure of where he is, the soldier is suddenly transported back to reality when he has to take a second glance at the woman erasing names, “no, brushing a boy’s hair,” (Komunyakaa 1539). This image provides a sense of finality and maternal tenderness easing his pain and helping him realize he will never forget or heal completely but this is a start.
The imagery and the meaning conjured up in “Facing It” strike at the heart of anyone subjected to reliving a life changing or near death experience; furthermore, the experiences in Vietnam of the soldier in the poem carry a vastly different meaning for me, as a soldier, than it would to the casual reader. Like the experiences of the soldier written about in...

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