“The hand that signed the paper felled a city;
Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,
Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country;
These five kings did a king to death.”
The poem The hand that signed the paper by Dylan Thomas talks about how one person can destroy an entire country. The poem talks about how a single person signs documents that allowed cities in his country to be destroyed and killed thousands of soldiers. The poem states “doubled the globe of dead and halved a country” this shows you just how destructive a single person can be just by singing a few simple documents. These documents caused many to die and caused a country to split into two. It fascinates me how a single document or sets of documents can cause so much destruction to the signer’s own people and to the people of other countries. The poem wasn’t clear on whether there was a single document or multiple documents signed and whether or not the destruction that was talked about in the poem was to their own people or to other countries they were fighting against, however the immense damage that was caused by the documents were more than clear.