-Explore the speaker in the poem (not the poet) by studying the language the speaker uses and his or her apparent moods and motivations. What facts do you know about the speaker from the poems? What facts can you infer from the poem? What reasonable guesses can you make about the speaker's sex, age, ethnicity, education, family relationships, personality, interests, etc.
-Imagine you are the speaker and write a description of yourself. Push beyond what you know or infer from the words of the poem and imagine what might be true for you if you were this person.
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As you briefly explore the speaker in the poem (not the poet) by studying the language the speaker uses and his or her apparent moods and motivations, I feel like the speaker is a child of a war or even a Holocaust victim. I initially thought the speaker was perhaps an aborted child because of the knife references, but I think that the Holocaust victim is a better hypothesis. What do you think?
The speaker's language is not that of an infant or fetus, so I assume that he or she is a young child or preteen as the speaker says, "My mother held me by my hand. Then someone raised the knife of parting: So that it should not strike me, My mother loosed her hand ...
Sachs' "A Dead Child Speaks" is dissected.