"AD", What Does It Symbolize
"AD" is a poem written by Kenneth Fearing. It is a satire, which is an example of the literary art or ridiculing a folly or vice in an effort to expose or correct it. After reading "AD" several times you will realize the different types of symbolism. For instance, the first and second stanza symbolizes what type of man the government wants them to be. The third stanza symbolizes that you can be in the army no matter what type of person you are. The very last stanza symbolizes that once you have sign you name you are theirs forever and death in the most costly.
The first and second stanzas symbolizes what the government is looking for in a man that would want to go to war. The following lines supports what I am talking about "Wanted: Men. If you've ever been a figure in the chamber of horrors, If you've ever escaped from a psychiatric ward, If you thrill at the thought of throwing poison into wells, have heavenly visions of people, by the thousands, dying in flames. You are the very man we want. We mean business and our business is you. Wanted: A race of brand new men." Lines three through six tells about what you would have to go through and what is to be expected.. It is tells you that you shouldn't be afraid of killing other men. That fear is not an option. You must be prepared for anything and everything. The lines in the second stanza pretty much means that if you think you are what they want and you can meet the qualifications then you are their man.
The third stanza symbolizes where the job is going to be taking place. It also says that you can be any type of person. The following are the lines of the poem: " Apply: Middle Europe; No skill needed; No ambition required; no brains wanted and no character allowed." The first line is basically saying that the Middle East is where all the action is going to be taking place. The second and third lines are saying that no kn...