Responding to ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

My found poem that I created is taken from two pages of the book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. The page numbers were 126-127 which I found was one of the most memorable and favourite part of the book. The theme that I thought  for the book was “There isn’t such thing as a ‘Perfect World’ if there isn’t love”. A short summary of ‘The Giver‘ is how Jonas lives in a world without conflict, poverty, starvation. In shorter words; a ‘perfect’ world. The world Jacob lives in also eliminates choice. Each twelve year olds get assigned a job based on their capacity. However; Jacob in particular receives the most important role; the Receiver.

 

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We could be better
and a little more complete

if you could feel
the light of the burning candles on the table;
the warmth of the fire,
and the silence of the night

And it could kind of be nice
if you could understand
a word like
‘love’
is a way to live
not
a lie

Some of the techniques used in my found poem are repetition, space, and metaphor.  As you might have noticed, I used the world ‘~could’ a lot as I wanted to produce a feeling of want for a change. Then, I separated some words into one line as this produces a feeling of being aware of them. And lastly, resembling ‘love’ as ‘a way to live’ to give a feeling of realisation.