O’Brien presents a variety of stories to present the complexity of war. “On The Rainy River” is a pre-war
O’Gorman begins the article by discussing O’Brien’s earlier war novels and describing how from the beginning he was placed in the ranks of contemporary war writers who were trying to record what was happening in the bloody battles of Vietnam. O’Gornan discusses and uses quotes from O’Brien’s novels If I Die in a Combat Zone, Northern Lights, and more to show how O’Brien had a wide scope of literature. O’Gorman then goes into discussing how O’Brien links to traditional war writers such as Cooper, Crane, and Hemmingway, and how he was influenced by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, and more writers. However, O’Gorman’s main analysis of The Things They Carried was in the form of the book, the novel is a composite novel comprised of short stories that flow together to create a whole text. O’Gorman believes that O’Brien composed this form because he felt compelled to move from traditional linear novels to something more complex and richer, in choosing this form he is not just writing about war stories but rather stories of humanity.
Geoffrey Sherington in Contrasting Narratives in the History of Twentieth Century British Migration to Australia and Stephen Constantine in The British Government, Child Welfare and Migration to Australia noted that during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the majority of chid migration was facilitated through charities and private organisations such as Dr Barnardo’s Homes and the Fairbridge Society. Heavily motivated by ideals of child rescue as a necessary social intervention, these organisations ‘removed’ or ‘saved’ children from overpopulated slums in favour of a better rural life in colonies . Many child of the migrants were illegitimate products of wartime liaisons, given up to institutions at a time when illegitimacy was
We stood here, in perfect formation waiting for their arrival. As we squinted our eyes to see the tiny figures that charged toward us. They roared like lions as they approach the battlefield with their arms stretched out, hands clutched tightly on their weapons, ready to attack. I was a soldier of the clan of Macbeth, along with my other soldier for this clan. Charging towards our master’s enemy’s soldiers to fight in a battle which we didn’t know the cause to.
The literary work of James Joyce’s Dubliners and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day, successfully depict an eye-catching viewpoint concerning the changes in individual lives associated within a paralyzed and wounded society. An Anglo-Irish writer, Elizabeth Bowen, lived mostly in London between 1935 and 1965. However, during the Second World War, she regularly visited Ireland “to gather information on Irish attitudes” (Wills 121). The Heat of the Day, which primarily takes place during the blitz in London along with a narrow portrait of Ireland, is a first-hand account of Bowen’s life.
Emily Dickenson’s “I died for Beauty,” is a window into the final thoughts of two passing souls. These souls walked different paths and had different goals in life, yet they still find themselves together in their final resting place. One lived for the Truth, and one lived for Beauty. They lay in their adjoining tombs, and they wonder why they failed. The failed to be remembered for the very thing that they lived for.
Poetry is a very unique type of writing. Poetry allows people to express their emotions in a way they feel comfortable. Every poem has a meaning to it, whether it is talking about food, interest, or a moment in their lives. Readers often mistake the poet as the narrator, although in many cases this is true. Many poets are the narrators and the poems are about their personal life.
Poetry is an important part of literature which conveys an author 's ideas across to the reader through the use of descriptive language. Poetry helps an author to express their inner emotions and often incorporates various poetic devices which enriches the text. Poetry gives the reader a different perspective and when read closely, can give the audience a look into the authors imagination. Likewise, poetic devices enhance the writing and can drastically change the mood of the poem, as well as, how the reader interprets the poem. Poetic devices are important in literature because they help to convey a message, add spontaneity to a poem, and give the reader a strong visual.
A Heaney Commentary Heaney’s collection of poems, North, solidifies the connection between myth, history, and the modern conflict in Northern Ireland. As a native from Ulster, the county where the conflicts spurred, Heaney feels responsible in trying to cease the violence of the ongoing war through paper and pen. The poet delves deeply into the history of his people with hopes to find redemption for his ancestors’ sins, and an epiphany to the violence enclosing him. The Grauballe Man, a literary composition from North, meticulously scrutinizes the iconic ‘bog body’ on display and presents his response towards the violence and chaos revealed in the piece of artifact. Exposure, the final poem from the collection, seeks to answer the fundamental question about the adequacy of his poems as he retires to Wicklow: was his attempt to impact the ‘The Troubles’ enough to hold the line against the violence and brutality of what is happening in Ulster.
Thus, both the poems can be said to have been written in memory of the martyrs, whose death can be truly accounted to an act of liberation acquisition as well as for civil rights acquisition. “Hearts with one purpose alone” (Yeats, 1916) is one of the supporting statements of exposing Irish desire of liberation from British rule. Similarly, “As they marched for civil rights” (Comain, 1972) is another testimony of Irish desire of acquiring their civil rights. Conversely, despite the fact that these poems share similarities to certain extent, the dissimilarities these poems share cannot be overlooked. Thus, this essay will attempt to depict the similar imperialistic rule of British that prevailed in Ireland, which are in Yeats’ and Comain’s poems titled Easter, 1916 and Ireland’s Bloody Sunday respectively.
His upbringing made a great impact on his poetry, as his most common topic was Ireland, and how English rule ruined its culture, and its language. He wrote Act of Union during the Troubles, the conflict in Northern Ireland which lasted from 1968 till 1998, and in which over 3600 people were killed. The constitutional status of Northern Ireland was at the heart of the conflict. Despite that he was against the English overrule, he wrote his poems in English,
There’s Always a Chance Seamus Heaney created his poetry from finding inspiration of the things he experienced throughout his life, one of his many quotes that I personally favor is, “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Heaney’s utilizes aspects of his life, through his ancestors, violence of his homeland, and Ireland experience to shape his poetry. In Seamus’ Nobel Prize Speech he states, “I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible. I credit it immediately because of a line I wrote fairly recently instructing myself...” He used his life influenced the poetry that he made, and his experiences helped him to create his astounding work.
INTRODUCTION In 1969, violence erupted in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Riots of August 1969 was quickly described as a civil disturbance, and was at first regarded as a nuisance more so than a significant problem. Not long after however, the situation had escalated into a full blown conflict, which forced the Northern Irish government Stormont to ask the British government in Westminster to deploy troops to the conflict area. By the end, thirty years later, the “civil disturbance” had amounted to almost 50,000 casualties.