Appropriateness of title: A Doctor’s Journal Entry

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Manan Chothani asked 7 years ago

What is the significance of the title of the poem A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 written by Vikram Seth?

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Staff answered 7 years ago

The title of the poem is a clever one. The poet has used the journal form to write the poem, in order to give it an objective touch (as opposed to a subjective one). The poem has been narrated from the perspective of a doctor, instead of the poet himself. So, it seems that the poet wanted to deliver his anti-war message indirectly through presenting a horrific picture of the explosion-hit people in a third-person narrative. Moreover, the date and the year mentioned in the title of the poem clearly indicate what the poem is all about. From that angle the title ‘A Doctors Journal Entry for August 6, 1945’ is a good choice from the poet and an appropriate one.

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