The man with night sweats

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  • Created on: 28-01-23 11:25
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  • The man with night sweats
    • Title
      • 'The man' shows ambiguity, he has no identity
      • 'Night Sweats' indicate an eerie and ominous feeling
    • Stanza 1
      • first person narrative
      • 'dreams of heat' contrasting cold swears
      • 'residue' ambiguous , literal meaning : the sweat he is producing due to being ill implied meaning: lost dreams/hopes for the future
    • Stanza 2
      • 'my flesh was its own shield' health he took for granted
        • 'where it was gashed, it healed' aggressive tone, he feels nostalgic for when he was young
    • Stanza 3
      • 'i grew as i explored' ambiguous: could refer to his identity or a sexual encounter
      • enjambment - mirrors the growth of the speaker as he explored his sexuality
      • 'the risk that made robust' possibly referring to unprotected sex
    • Stanza 4
      • metaphorical ambiguity : could be challenging the speakers identity or referring to the sensual passions of touch and caress
    • Stanza 5
      • 'the given shield was cracked' second time the shield is mentioned, before it healed, now he has HIV he knows it will not heal
      • 'my flesh reduced and wrecked' virus takes hold of his health
    • Stanza 6
      • The couplet explains that the bedsheets are so soaked with sweat that the speaker has to change them.
    • Stanza 7
      • 'hugging my body to me' sense of despair and loneliness
      • 'as if to shield it from' third shield, used as a verb as of conveying the futility of trying to fight the virus
    • Stanza 8
      • s The word “if” in these lines reveals to the reader that no matter how close he holds himself, the pain is going to come, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it.


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