Firstly, the war is simply a deadly game that takes life and gives nothing in return. While the writer constantly states, “War is kind,” in reality, he is condemning the entire concept of war. War takes away lovers from their maidens, fathers from their children, sons from their mothers. It signifies nothing but death, heartbreak, loss, in short all kinds of misery. Throughout the poem, death is a major event as the writer states, “the affrighted steed ran on alone,” “These men were born to drill and die,” and “Raged at his breast, gulped and died.” The home is another theme which took place in the poem.
The poems, “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” by Richard Lovelace, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Tennyson, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, and “The Song of the Mud” by Mary Borden, are all concerned with war. However, each poem has a distinct representation of it. While the two authors, Tennyson and Lovelace, glorify war by portraying it as honorable and worthwhile, Borden and Owen view war as a destruction of mankind and show their indignation and censure of war by depicting it as vile and gruesome in their poems. This essay will examine and compare the diction and tone of each poem to understand how they influence each poem’s underlying theme on war. In the 17th century, poets mostly used romantic diction in their
Writing an argument essay was a challenge to me, I never understood the difference between ethos and logos during my English 1301. In addition, I did not know where to find good resources to back up my arguments. I think my arguments essay was more like a persuasive essay and that is why I did not enjoy writing this essay. On the other hand, I did enjoyed writing a critical essay for “We are Seven” by William Wordsworth. I loved to read this poem because it was easy to understand .It was cool when Mr. Molina a Karen read out loud this poem, maybe that is why I loved this story because I was able to imagine them as the characters from the poem.
It also carries more of the poems meaning, as it means that you have to do something to be remembered, you cannot just do the baseline and hope for the best. The people in history books all went out a changed what they did not like in the world, and that is why they have a place in history. Marilyn Nelson wrote this poem and I researched he and
‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ written by Wilfred Owen. In both poems, the poet has described life in the World War One but at different stages of war. ‘Attack’ is a poem that revels the realness and harshness of war while on the other hand ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ revels the horror of war and how unfortunate it is to die in war. For the structure of ‘Attack’, the first six lines describes the vile landscape and the next six lines describes the soldiers as they go over the top. The poet draws a very clear picture of the scene and creates atmosphere while the tension builds up then shows the destruction of war.
“To an Athlete Dying Young” is an amazing poem that is an ode to a young athlete that did not get to live out the prime of their life because of an unfortunate event that sadly ended their life early. A. E. Housman, the poet of “To an Athlete Dying Young”, was born on March 26th in 1859, and was a Latin professor at Cambridge University until his death on April 30th in 1936. In “To an Athlete Dying Young”, Housman perfectly uses a different point of view, figurative language, sound devices, and a negative mood to tell the story of the poem. Many assume that the speaker is the poet when reading a poem, but this is not true for “To an Athlete Dying Young”. In this poem evidence points towards one of the men carrying the athlete through the marketplace as being the speaker of the poem “...We chaired you through the marketplace...And home we brought you shoulder-high.” Plus, the way the speaker is talking about the athlete points towards it being someone who was
Wilfred Owen’s poem “Anthem for doomed youth” and Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Suicide in Trenches” have both used personification and imagery to portray the theme ‘mental and physical pain that the people will get in war’. However, Sassoon has used shift in tone in last stanza whereas Owen’s tone is consistent. Personification is effectively used through Owen and Sassoon’s poem to emphasise and adds different meanings. The second line of first stanza “Only the monstrous anger of the guns”, from ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ (hitherto Anthem) is describing the way the guns’ acting towards human as having a ‘monstrous anger’. Since ‘anger’ has already described how fierce it acts, ‘monstrous’ is emphasising its emotion to the peak point where no one can stop it.
The poet conveys this theme by describing the point of view of a soldier who witnessed the death of a comrade, killed by poisoned gas. “His hanging face, like a devil 's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood; Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” This description creates a feeling of revulsion felt by the reader and presents an insiders perspective of war which they undoubtedly hadn’t experienced. The poems serves as a description of the horrors of war in the hopes that the reader will change their viewpoint on the notion of soldiers being humiliated and forced to serve in the army. This purpose is explicitly clear in the last few lines, “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest; To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est; Pro patria mori”. The angry and horrific tone of the poem also helps to convey
Understanding the context of the World Wars not only gives one insight into the suffering of the German Jews, but also highlights the danger of having a single story of a people to the point of believing that they are underserving of life, which is perhaps the only thing that no human, alive or dead, is more deserving of than another. The poem makes use of images of nature such as “spring as it blossoms anew” and “fish swimming” which highlights the importance of life above all else. The poem also puts an emphasis on looking at human beings as “souls” instead of using measures such as wealth and class to define them. This not only challenges the status quo but raises a sense of urgency within the reader to check themselves. As our paradigms shift, so does the way we communicate with and about those who suffer and along with that, how we tell their stories and how we see them and ourselves in the world.
Explore the ways in which the poets explore the consequences of war in two poems you have studied The poem "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen shows us that the consequences of war can be life changing, takes one of the most of the most important things to someone, hope and war can take valuable things from someone without them expecting it, whereas Tony Harrison’s poem "The bright lights of Sarajevo" conveys the idea that the consequences of war does not just affect the life of the people, but also the wider community. We can see from the poem that the character loses a lot more than he expected during the course of the war. For example, the line (6)"Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him," implies that because he has not had enough sleep, he has had something taken away from him. The reader may feel empathy for the man because the poet uses very emotive language throughout the poem to describe the time after he comes back from the war. The phrase "gathering sleep," suggest that he enjoys the sounds of happy children, but his tiredness takes the away from him as drifts off into sleep.