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Can you explain "Windshake of sailshaped ears," "hymning heads," "Argument of hewn voice," and "black sill" in the poem "After the Funeral" by Dylan Thomas?

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An analysis of “After the Funeral (In Memory Of Ann Jones)” might best begin with a reading of “Fern Hill,” another poem by Dylan Thomas, in which the poet recalls his early life and vacations spent at a farm owned by his aunt, Ann Jones. Understanding the speaker’s early life, which was filled with joy and happiness, as seen through the eyes of a child helps to put things into perspective.

“After the Funeral” is a mournful poem that purports to reflect on the life of Ann Jones, who was very close to Thomas. Her death has an intense impact on the poet, and he delivers this poetic elegy to expose the hypocrisy of the mourners who attend the funeral and shed superficial tears. He begins the poem by likening the expressions of grief by...

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