Meanwhile, the illustrator of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, uses mood, symbolism, and imagery to show how ridiculous the 600 men were. In the poem, Tennyson use tone, imagery, and diction to prove his feelings towards the soldiers. First, the author uses imagery to import an image in the readers head of 600 fearless soldiers charging into war with cannons all around them. “Cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them.”
“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by the English poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson recounts the Battle of Balaclava between the British and the Russian Empire, which took place during the Crimean War. The poem deals with the honour of dying while serving ones’ country, and the mismanagement of the British Government. Lord Tennyson’s assignment as Poet Laureate was to write patriotic poems celebrating and dealing with Britain. “The Charge of the Light Brigade” introduces and honours the values of duty, valour and obedience of the British Victorian society. The first stanza opens in the middle of a battle with “Charge for the guns!”
The saying “Dulce et Decorum Est” means “It is sweet and right”. The final line of the poem is “Pro patria mori” which means “to die for one’s country”. Therefore the entire saying is, “it is sweet and right to die for to die for one’s country”. Wilfred Owen was an English poet who served in World War 1. During his time in the army, he was immersed in a lot of fighting. He was diagnosed with shellshock in 1917; shellshock is a term coined by soldiers.
For example,“The Song of the Mud” contains the line “covers the hills like satin” which is pleasing and makes you feel at ease which contradicts the fact that war is destructive and horrifying. Also, the word “song” in the title gives readers a feeling of enjoyment when in fact, the poem emits gloom. Owen’s main purpose of writing his poem was to expose “the old lie” which is “Dulce Et Decorum est.” This lie says that it is sweet and honorable to die for one’s country; the truth is that it is a waste of human life. Owen had first-hand experience of the tragedies of World War I and wanted to destroy the misinterpretation of it by portraying the reality of war.
( C.Moulton, 1983) In one hand, he mentions the farms and rural areas of the peacetime to highlight how war is ferocious and ugly. In the other hand, he mentions the three famous nature’s forces, Water, fire, and wind to show how the war is harsh. ( C.Moulton, 1983) Again, the controversial Iliad’s similes have uniqueness to its reader.
Of those who perished at the Hot Gates, all glorious is the fortune, fair the doom; Their grave's an altar, ceaseless memory's theirs instead of lamentation, and their fate Is chant of praise. Such winding sheet as this no mould nor all-consuming time shall waste. --Simonides of Creos Simonides of Creos was a famous fifth century war poet who was a pioneer of lyrical poetry, and wrote many poems for Spartan epitaphs. This poem commemorates the three hundred people who died at Thermopylae. Its words are increasingly important to a modern American society presently involved in war, a society whose families take great pride in their fallen soldiers.
When Grendel has a feast on the soldiers shows symbolism. In this part of the epic Grendel is done with his killing for the night “The blood dripping behind him, back/ to his lair, delighted with his night’s slaughter” (Lines 39-40). Grendel killing the soldiers symbolized the rage that he had to the kingdom for celebrating Christianity. Grendel feels victory after he ate the soldiers and feels undefeated. As long as he can eat the soldiers he will have the upper hand.
However, it soon dawns on him that war is brutal and jeopardous, somewhat contradictory to what he visualizes before. The soldier’s wound, the corpses and the flag symbolize Henry’s most wide-eyed innervations, the cruelty of the war as well as Henry’s maturity. The wound, without a doubt, is the most far-reaching symbol of the story. To Henry, wounds are “ a red badge of courage”, it represents the soldier dignity and offers one with great renown.
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln signaled the ending of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. The Gettysburg Address has dedicated to our nation the freedom that all men are equal. The brave soldiers who have risked their lives so that our new nation could be conceived in liberty will forever be remembered. Abraham Lincoln used literary devices like alliteration, repetition, and personification to produce a special effect in his speech. He stated his speech off with an allusion.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a story, in which it allows people to know the true horrors of war. Throughout the story and in Erich Maria Remarque’s writing he uses many literary devices to emphasize what he experienced and the emotions he felt. The devices that he used are used in order to help the readers understand his experience and emphasize the theme of his war novel. Throughout this essay, I will show you a few of the literary devices used within the novel that emphasized the theme, the brutality of war. Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism.
Crane gives us a deeper look, through his amazing characters. Henry Fleming 's, blinded from the true horrors of war enlisted, in hopes of glory from his fellow peers. As hours transformed to days, Henry 's fantasized life as a soldier shattered,
Custer continued to fight and helped end the war by cutting off General Lee’s last escape route (Custer 2014). He was a general filled with energy and bravery that is hard to find anywhere these
Nineteenth century poet Walt Whitman lived and wrote in a fascinating time period and changed the literary world, all while experiencing a unique American war first hand. A humanitarian as well as a writer, Whitman volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War where he experienced the horrors of mortality, yet felt spiritually content afterwards as well. His frequent interactions with the wounded and sick would further alter his poetry and life, in a way where he would be able to cope with his time spent among the battle. Traumatized by the aftermath of the brutal war, Whitman used his writing as a reflection of his mind and life as his involvement in both the depravity and nobility of human existence absorbed into every aspect of his spirit.