Analyze the poem "The Rabbit" by Alan Brownjohn, including the themes, figures of speech, mood, and tone and using references and evidence.

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On its face, “The Rabbit” appears to be a simple poem. However, a deeper analysis reveals Alan Brownjohn’s futuristic poem to be a frightening portent of an ecological disaster brought upon the world by mankind’s abuses of the Earth. Technology and expansion have resulted in the near-extermination of a species and threatens the very existence of humanity.

As this dystopian poem unfolds, the speaker describes through repetition an excited group of people heading to what is an attraction or tourist sight:

We are going to see the rabbit.
We are going to see the rabbit.

The speaker is surprised to see the children in the group unaware of “which rabbit” they are going to see, and he explains it is “The only rabbit in England.”

The journey to see the rare species highlights a disappointing setting:

Sitting behind a barbed-wire fence
Under the floodlights, neon lights,
Sodium lights,
Nibbling grass
On the only...

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