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What is the main theme of Andrew Motion's poem "Anne Frank Huis"?

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The main idea of this poem is spelled out at the end. Throughout the initial stanzas, Motion uses imagery of entrapment and imprisonment. The streets are guarded and the rooms are "sunlit" implying that the speaker understands that Anne Frank wouldn't want to be in a sunlit room, she'd want to be out in the sun. These are all things that we take for granted.

In the last stanza of the poem, Motion illustrates the guilt feelings of the speaker. Anne cannot leave,

as simply as I do, and walk at ease

up dusty, tree-lined avenues, or watch

or watch a silent barge come clear of bridges

settling their reflections in the blue canal.

The speaker illustrates that Anne Frank's simple wish, of leaving whenever she wants to, is something she was never able to do once she went into hiding. Motion is illustrating the main theme of imprisonment versus freedom, "one enduring wish ... / to leave as ... I do, and walk at ease." This is what we take for granted and what Anne Frank didn't have.

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What is the theme of the poem "Anne Frank Huis" by Andrew Motion?

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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What is the theme of the poem "Anne Frank Huis" by Andrew Motion?

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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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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