Shane Koyczan and His Powerful Poems

Shane Koyczan and His Powerful Poems

I will be examining the connections of Shane Koyczans life, childhood and time period in which he lived with his poems he has written. I will mainly be focusing on his most known poems, which are, Dear Ocean, To this day: For the Bullied and Beautiful, For Many, Moving Day, and How to be a person.
Shane Koyczan is a poet who uses issues such as bullying, eating disorders, death and self-image problems to create a message about perseverance and love in his poems. Koyczan was born in Yellowknife Canada but grew up in Penticton, British Columbia with his grandparents. He attended the Okanagan College to finish his education. Throughout his entire ...

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the interview he mentioned that "I got bullied a lot when I was a kid, and because of that I thought for the most part that I didn't really have a childhood - I had to grow up so quick and there was no real enjoyment in that for me and it hasn't been until recently that I've been looking back" (Lederman 1). During his childhood he kept a diary about the instances with the bullies he encountered. His grandmother had kept them all and gave Koyczan them to read these past years. He mentioned how when reading them, he remembered some of the times but others he had no idea what he had written about. When she asked Koyczan if he ever heard from the kids who used to bully him he responded with, yes he does hear from them sometimes, and that a lot of them try to act like they did nothing to him when they were younger. But he also says how some tell him how sorry they are for putting him through that. Koyczan always tries his hardest to forgive the ones who used to bully him. These ...

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actually going to put effort into getting up there. "...they are certain I won't succeed, and perhaps I won't..." (Moving Day 9). This stanza of the poem shows how even if you are different and people judge or don't believe in you, you should not listen to them and believe in yourself. This poem represents how when Koyczan was a little boy nobody believed in him and was bullied for being himself. Through his works, he wants the young to feel confident in the way they are.
In his most known poem "To This Say for the Bullied and Beautiful", he uses stories to explain his childhood and to relate it to bullying and suicide encounters. At the beginning of the poem he explains how when he was ...

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