Sonnet: The bomb - power to destroy humanity 19 times over

Vaughan, Michael (2012) Sonnet: The bomb - power to destroy humanity 19 times over.

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Title Sonnet: The bomb - power to destroy humanity 19 times over
Abstract/Summary Currently numbering some 19,500 nuclear weapons stockpiled worldwide in 2012, such weapons have the capacity to destroy the entire world and all living creatures upon it 19 times over. A single 100 megaton bomb has the explosive power of 100 million tons of TNT. It will create a fireball of 98,000,000 degrees Celsius - 3,800 times hotter than the Sun's surface - and generate a wind velocity of 30,800 kilometres per hour - as strong as 120 full force cyclones of 257 kilometres per hour each. It would destroy a land area of some 8,000 square miles or 20,720 square kilometres. The Poem seeks to outline, in verse form, such awesome and terrifying annihilatory power. The only solution to this threat to humanity lies in complete nuclear disarmament. Otherwise, the entire Earth could become a radioactive, lifeless and burnt out shell - with seven billion men, women and children all horrifyingly dead as a result of a nuclear holocaust.
Keyword Ruination
Balance of terror
Nightmarish catastrophe
Nuclear disarmament
Escape from insanity
Date 2012-02-02
Subjects 02 Physical Sciences
10 Technology
16 Studies in Human Society
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Author Vaughan, Michael
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes The Poem takes the form of a 14 line Shakespearean Sonnet, consisting of three rhyming quatrains and a final rhyming couplet. It is illustrated with five images and symbols as well as with a Table describing the destructive capacity of nuclear weapons. The Sonnet is intended to show the full extent of the threat which nuclear weapons pose to the existence and future of the entire Earth. It argues, in essence, that such weapons are too terrible ever to be used and must, for the sake of human survival, be done away with through complete disarmament and total dismantling.

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Created: Mon, 20 Feb 2012, 05:37:43 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies