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princetongirlupz | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM via web

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can you help me with the theme of this poem Anne Frank huis by Andrew Motion????

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM (Answer #2)

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One theme that stands out for me is the wastefulness of war. The poem reflects on how Anne's House, now a museum, preserves the life she lived and described in her diary. As the speaker leaves, he comments on how easy it is to leave, when she could not.

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM (Answer #3)

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Like Litteacher said, war is a clear theme, in which it elaborates how war disadvantages everyone.

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princetongirlupz | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM (Answer #4)

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thanks but i wish to know more about the theme in this poem other war.i know that war is the central theme. i want to know the other themes brought out through this poem....

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princetongirlupz | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM (Answer #5)

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thanks but i wish to know more about the theme in this poem other than war.i know that war is the central theme. i want to know the other themes brought out through this poem....

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM (Answer #6)

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Actually, I said the wastefulness of war.  When we think about Anne Frank, we uusally focus on her youth and how she managed to make the best of her bad situation.  I suppose that could be an additional theme- the eternal optimism of youth.

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ahuffer | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Answer #7)

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Why not the theme of hope? The first stanza mentions how someone, even today, can walk from shadow INTO sunlit rooms (the rooms she inhabited with all of her pictures of the world she hoped to one day see). The last line of the second to last stanza and beginning lines of the last stanza, actually mention this idea: "one enduring wish for chances/like my own: to leave as simply/as I do."

Anne Frank hung pictures of fashion, family and actors above her bed in her "sunlit room", because she HOPED to one day leave that room (as simply as the visitor to her home did, twice her lifetime later), to "walk at ease/up dusty tree-lined avenues..."

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM (Answer #8)

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I think the dominant theme is liberty. The poem says that those looking at the pictures above Anne's bed find "not only patience missing its reward," but "one enduring wish for chances like my own: to leave as simply as I do..." and walk through Amsterdam. The kind of liberty Motion is talking about is as simple and basic as it gets, but it was a reward that was denied to Anne and her family despite their patience. The last stanza of the poem seems to speak to his recognition of the difference between his life and hers, and it obviously struck a nerve with him.

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