Andy Quans “The First” uses a wide variety of good techniques to express the effectiveness and understanding of the poem. There are three key techniques, which stand out in this poem. These techniques set the mood and show the viewers the real story behind the poem. The first technique used to show the effectiveness of this poem is a metaphor. An example of a metaphor in this poem is “narrative of death”. I think that this technique used helped with my understanding of how this person who is talking about their experience is grieving and shows the emotion of sadness and shock. This line tells the reader how much this person is confused and wonders at how it all happened….