In this blog post, I will be analyzing the poem, “At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border” by William Stafford. This poem is the tenth poem on the Poetry 180 website. This poem has ten lines, which are split into two stanzas.
During the whole poem, the poet tries to describe about a field, where no one tried to know more about. The Title of the poem suggests where the “field” is located. Along the Canadian Border. The Whole poem explains about a monument, which isn’t National and nothing really happened.
In the first stanza, the poet shows what it is like around the monument. “This is the field where the battle did not happen”. This line gives a strong beginning to the poem. It shows how the monument wasn’t built as a historical monument of violence or war. “where the unknown soldier did not die”. This line describes how this field didn’t have any battle. It shows how everything was in peace. The line, “This is the field where grass joined hands” shows the relationship between the environment and humans. This line suggests that at the field, the relationship between the environment and humans were good. “where no monument stands”. This next line shows how at the field, there were no buildings or monuments. How the field was clear and plain. These first five lines shows how at the field, everything is peaceful and clean.
In the second stanza, the first line says, “Birds fly here without any sound”. This line is simply showing that birds just glides and quietly flies at the field. The next line also expresses the birds. “No people killed—or were killed—on this ground”. This line, again shows the history of this field. That violence never happened. “hallowed by neglect and an air so tame”. This next line shows how the field was untouched. How everyone never tried to know more about. The field was a place where the air was quiet and tame. “that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.” The last line of this poem shows how the people think about the field for the first time.
During the whole poem, it gave me an imagery of an open field where birds flew without any sound, high above the sky and the wind blew quietly but briskly through the grass. This poem has rhymes but the rhymes do not have a certain pattern.