Chris Semansky's Essay: The Vietnam Memorial

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In Chris Semansky, in an essay for Poetry for Students Chis Semansky explains how the poem "Facing It" and a memorial, Vietnam Memorial, are relatable. The Vietnam Memorial and the poem both are not as they seem is the first point Semansky makes in his article. He believes that people who view the monument and the poem keep having "perceptual mistakes"(121) about them, and that in order to not have these we must look deeper. The monument itself has a few mistakes, so even if we understand everything about the monument as it was intended we will still experience a mistake. Most people however, do not understand it correctly, so the average "beholder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial"(121) just add to the mistakes completely accidentally.
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