Audie Murphy: Poem Analysis

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Audie Murphy, decorated WWII veteran and Hollywood star, will appear at the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 19:00 to read his poem Freedom Flies in Your Heart Like an Eagle. Audie Murphy is the most decorated World War II combat soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (Audie Murphy Research Foundation). He was decorated with 33 awards for his superior fighting skills and gallantry on the battlefield, killing over 240 enemy soldiers and receiving awards from France and Belgium (Audie Murphy Research Foundation). Born in 1925 in Kingston, TX, Murphy grew up in less-than-humble conditions. He enlisted at the age of seventeen and was active duty for three years during the war, receiving the rank…show more content…
He later goes on to say, “relics all three,” when there was only one gun and one helmet. Since he already called the helmet and gun “mute” and added a third relic, I believe Murphy is not talking to a gun or helmet but to his fallen comrades or the ghosts that haunt him. He mentions “that long ago war,” which ended in 1945. This poem was written in 1968, which means Audie Murphy was haunted for more than twenty years by the 240 people he killed and the ghosts of fallen soldiers before writing this poem. The tone of the poem changes slightly in this stanza by losing its…show more content…
I feel that “corner” here means cornerstone; the cornerstone of freedom in America is the lives of fallen soldiers. The final lines, “And if the moment of truth comes tomorrow, I'll be free, or by God, I'll be dead,” could have two meanings. The first, that if death comes for Murphy tomorrow his life, and the lives of the other soldiers, will not have gone in vain. He will die a free man, because he fought for those freedoms. The second meaning is a bit darker. Murphy could be taunting death, asking death to come tomorrow so that he can be free of the nightmares and hauntings that have plagued his mind for over twenty
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