When Hope Comes Back. Megan Rothgeb Devon McGinn Julia McCrane. “There’s nothing left”.
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The author, Gu Cheng, keeps repeating the line “There’s nothing left” to emphasize the state that China is in at the time. China put many restrictions on personal expression such as art and literature, so he is speaking out against this matter. Gu Cheng keeps repeating this line to create a tone of hopelessness and despair. It conveys the image that the people have nothing left such as food because there is many famines. The “nothing” is referring to hope and resources.
In the second half of the poem, the author says “There’s more”. This is referring to how there is still hope left for the nation of China. This contrast the pessimistic tone of the beginning of the poem. “There’s more” shows the optimistic and hopefulness of the people of China.