I Went To Kill the Deer 1. What relationship exists between the Taos Pueblo Indian deer and the eagle? I went to kill the deer 2. Why do the animals hear the heart Deep in the forest where of the mountain beating when the The heart of the mountain beats speaker cannot? For all who live there. 3. How does the speaker feel about An eagle saw me coming and killing the deer? Flew down to the home of the deer 4. How does the speaker justify his And told him that killing of plants and animals? A hunter came to kill. 5. How will he make reparation to the The deer went with the eagle earth? Into the heart of the mountain 6. A. Personification: What inanimate Safe from me who did not hear elements of nature possess human qualities The heart of the mountain beating. in these poems? Which animal has human characteristics? 1 Have Killed the Deer B. Theme: Related to personification is Taos Pueblo Indian what anthropologists call I have killed the deer. anthropomorphism, the assigning of human I have crushed the grasshopper qualities and motivations to animals or And the plants he feeds upon. inanimate objects. Unlike personification, I have cut through the heart however, anthropomorphism implies a Of trees growing old and straight. world view in which human beings and I have taken fish from water other living things are on an equal plane in And birds from the sky. harmony with one another. Clearly the In my life I have needed death speaker of this poem identifies closely with So that my life can be. plants and animals and sees himself as an When I die I must give life equal but not superior part of nature. To what has nourished me. The earth receives my body 6. What does the speaker perceive as a And gives it to the plants disruptive force in the harmony of nature? And to the caterpillars 7. Explain the speaker's theory that his own To the birds as death will be a healing force in nature. And to the coyotes Each in its own turn so that C. Connotation is the emotional response The circle of life is never broken. evoked by a word. The speaker of these two poems uses the following verbs to describe his destruction of living things: killed crushed cut taken Explain the connotation of each of these verbs. Then think of four or five additional verbs for destruction and explain their special connotations. D. Literary Link: What themes or ideas are common between these poems and the other works covered in this unit?
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