Yusef Komunyakaa

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What would be a good thesis for the poem "Fog Galleon" and what is it trying to teach society? 

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In 24 lines, Yusef Komunyakaa writes with unveiled disgust of the pollution caused by commerce and industrial waste. He clearly condemns the filth and poison that floats in this dreary, swampy area. (As it is a swamp, the waste will hang in the humid air, slowly poisoning the inhabitants.) The "phantom ship" he speaks of is the paper mill, which emits a sulfurous gas; the air smells of rotten eggs (he says it "smells like the world's oldest anger"), and long exposure to this gas...

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