Not At All AUTHOR: NASABANJI E. PHIRI ~ HANNAH S. AND AMANDA V. T-Title The title of our poem is “Not At All!” Our prediction using the title is that the person in the story doesn’t want to believe AIDS exists because they are afraid of how it can effect people. P-Paraphrase A granddaughter is talking about AIDS to her grandmother. She is explaining AIDS is not the same as other diseases. You can’t be treated for AIDS where as most other diseases there is treatment. C- Connotation ( Unknown Words) Regressing: Sentence in which is was used- “It is like a thorn that pricks continuously, piercing the flesh and not regressing.” Meaning: to move backward; go back Unknown Words Cont. Mamba: Sentence in which it is used- “It is like the mamba whose deathly strike paralyses the heart instantly.” Meaning: An aggressive, venomous, elapid African snake C- Connotation Similes- “ It is like the mamba,” - Once it you get AIDS you can’t get rid of it. “ It is like a thorn that pricks continuously,”- You don’t get used to having AIDS . “ This one is like a fire,”- AIDS never weaken in your body. Connotations Repetition- “Not at all.” AIDS is not like any other diseases. The granddaughter compares AIDS to other diseases and she says it is not at all like the rest of them because it doesn’t go away. A- Attitude The granddaughter’s attitude about AIDS is serious. She believes that you can not get rid of AIDS and that it is a very serious disease people have to be aware of. The granddaughter wants to spread the word to others that once you get AIDS, you can’t get ride of it. The poet’s attitude about AIDS is that people from the older days don’t realize that AIDS is different from the other horrible diseases in the past such as small pox. Today, more younger people receive the disease of AIDS. S- Shifts In the beginning, the grandmother is confused about AIDS. She doesn’t quite get what AIDS is and how it can effect the body. After the granddaughter explains, the grandmother understands the risks and what it can do to the body. T-Title We think the poem is titled “Not At All” because some people think AIDS isn’t a major issue, they are afraid of how it can effect people. In reality, it is an disease that is very harmful but preventable. AIDS is “not at all” like any of the other diseases the speakers described in our poem. T-Theme We think the theme of this poem is to be aware of AIDS and to know how it can effect you. It is important to know that once you get AIDS you can’t get rid of it.
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