Wednesday, April 2, 2008
"Of Three or Four in a Room" by Yehuda Amichai
I was thinking after class about some of the other images in the poem. The big one that stood out to me was the idea of one person out of 3 or 4 people in a room being able to see all the consequences, evil, and brutality of war. This one person must see how people come back from war very traumatized and feeling insignificant, and also see all the evil underpinnings of war, not just the supposed reasons that your country tells you that they are fighting the war for. On the other hand, the 3 other people in the room are like drones controlled by the country and the military,and these drones do not realize what they are doing and all the problems of war in front of them. Amichai compares these drones that the one person sees out of the window as "voices wandering without a knapsack, hearts without provisions, prophecies without water" (line 11-12). I believe Amichai's stance is anti-war and is trying to critique war as showing how most people do not even know why they are fighting the war in the first place, let alone all the evil and brutality that comes along with war too.