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THE HAND THAT SIGNED THE PAPER BY DYLAN

THOMAS- ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION-
DYLAN THOMAS-
Born in the year 1914 on 24 October in Swansea, South Wales,
Dylan Marlais Thomas is one of the most beloved poets. His highly
intense, emotional poetry belonged more to the romantic genre
and his works are enjoyed by both the young and the adults
equally.

THE HAND THAT SIGNED THE PAPER-


"The Hand That Signed The Paper" by Dylan Thomas questions the
ruthless actions of the people in power and the effect they have
on common people.

SETTING OF THE POEM-


The poem does not have any specific physical setting. It generally
speaks about all the nations' powerful entities.

POETIC DEVICES-
ALLITERATION-
"The hand that signed the paper felled a city;"

"Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath"


REPITITION-
"The hand that signed the paper felled a city"

"The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever"

RHYME SCHEME-
The mighty hand leads to a sloping shoulder, (A)

The finger joints are cramped with chalk; (B)

A goose's quill has put an end to murder (C)

That put an end to talk. (B)

SUMMARY-
The speaker says that the hand which signed the treaty destroyed
a city, five rulers signed the deal for killing half the population of a
country, those five became responsible for the death of a single
king. The speaker then resentfully says that this mighty hand leads
upto the an ordinary shoulder, the hand belonging to a person
(old probably) suffering from arthritis, and this ordinary hand is
destructive and ruthless. The treaty signed by this hand has led to
femine, locusts and deaths. This powerful hand is capable of
scibbling the name of the man controlling the faiths of innocent.
The five cruel kings count the deaths and are aware of teh
destruction they created but they donot soften. Unlike the hands
of god which always bless and work for prosper, these kings'
hands are ruthless and lack sympathy. These hands belong to
selfish and umempathetic people.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS-
"The Hand That Singed The Paper" aptly portrays the cruelty and
the misuse of power which has been and still is being witnessed
by the world. The people with power stand in contrast to the
almighty power, the cruel kings' being the villains in the lives of
many rather than being the people's saviors.

TONE OF THE POEM-


The tone of the poem is resentful and melancholy.

CONCLUSION-
This poem is a constant reminder of how the atittude of a person
with power can change the lives of many forever and how often
the history has set an example of people's lives taking a turn for
bad when influenced by those who are powerful.

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