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.
To begin, diction is a powerful poetic device used to craft meaningful imagery, metonymy, and figurative language in this poem. In fact, the poet demonstrates this from the very beginning. In the first stanza of elegy, poignant words that stick out are “night,” “burn,” “rave,” “rage,” and “dying” to convey the solemnness of the work of writing that is to follow. Dylan Thomas expertly chooses
The purpose of Whitman’s poem is to celebrate workers and success. This poem also has a patriotic tone because of the author’s love to the country. “Let America be America Again” has a rhyming style. Hughes’ poem was created in the mid 1900s during the time of the civil rights movement. He writes about how he is feeling left out of the American Dream.
Immortality through Glory One of the most common tools writers use to put certain ideas into the spotlight is repetition. In Homer’s Greek epic, The Iliad, he applies the employment of repetition to the old horseman Nestor’s speeches. The context and tone of Nestor’s reiterated speeches serve as a window into Homer’s underlying message that in the context of war, glory is the key for men to gain some form of immortality.
The second allusion to the Bible is when Dylan states, "And the first one now/Will later be last" (Dylan 5). After closer inspection this is a reference to Mark 10:31: "But many that are first shall be last, and the last first." (BibleGateway). This line in poem talks about people who change to fit the new development of society, in this case, will succeed those who cannot break their mindset of the now old times. In his publication of "What Bob Dylan Means to Literature, and to Song.", Carl Scott also picks up on this as he talks about all the biblical based references in his songs, "...with a strain of philosophy –like and often Bible-based reflection found in a number of the old-time songs."
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’.
Romanticism in ¨From Song of Myself¨ From song of myself, is a very open minded poem as the author Walt Whitman speaks so much in this poem about himself. Throughout the poem there is a variety of topics going on through every other line in where Walt Whitman declares that he is going to celebrate himself in his poem by all the personal opinions he provides in it. In this poem, Whitman explains how much he loves the world, especially nature and how everything fits together just as it should.
What defines an epic hero? First of all, the word epic is defined by Merriam Webster as “a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.” Additionally, an epic hero is described as “a brave and noble character… admired for great achievements and or affected by grans events.” Odysseus “Son of Laertes and gods of old…master marine and soldier…formidable for guile in peace and war” will forever be remembered as an epic hero for “[his] fame has gone abroad the
The repetition on the letter “b” resembles the sound of an imaginary beat before the battle between Beowulf and Grendel. The day of Beowulf’s death alliteration was being used while the men were weeping over their grand loss “So should all men Rise up words for their lords warm with love, when their shield and protector leaves” (ln 889-891). The repetition in the letter “w” is used to emphasize how much Beowulf’s men worshipped him for being such an authentic ruler. Another example of alliteration is right before the fight between Beowulf and Grendel the author states “Up from his swamp land, sliding gently toward that gold-shining hall” (ln238-239).
As Dan Padilla, a singer, once said, “People die and the world keeps turning.” Seibles shows this in his poem, Faith, by using tone, metaphor, and free verse to portray the theme of how the world doesn’t stop--on the grand scale of things, or even just everyday actions. Destruction or not, the world is going to keep turning. The poet utilizes many metaphors in his writing to convey the theme.
An example of Seeger 's music goes with this book. Melodies incorporate “If Had a Hammer, " with its call to go up against bad form; "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?" and its melodious speak to stop the cycle of war; and "We Shall Overcome, " the standard song of the battle for flexibility. Lavishly looked into and freshly composed, Allan Winkler gives a holding record of the force of Pete Seeger 's melodies in advancing a superior world for all
Metaphors are commonly used throughout the text, whether malouf used it to emphasise certain gruesome aspects of war, or to express the mourning of a character over a friend lost in the battle lines. Imagery plays a major role in conveying various aspects within the storyline, particularly through the duration of Jim’s life at war. Particularly within the chapters following Jim entering the battle lines, Malouf applies hyperbole in his writing as an emphasis strategy, for the readers to be overwhelmed and have a detestation towards the concept of war. Malouf, using all of these literary techniques, and created a disheartening tale of a man’s journey through
“The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls,” and “A Psalm of Life” are both great poems written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, however, “A Psalm of Life” is the poem that lies to my best interest. Yes, each one has it’s own unique style, but the reason why I like this poem is because it simply describes the people of today. This poem resembles how the people of today would rather blend in with the crowd instead of being the light of this world. This poem can be interpreted many ways, yet, if we truly anaylsis this poem, we know for a fact that people should start living in the present and live a life that is fruitful. In fact these to two lines from stanza 6 , “Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!/Let the dead Past bury its dead!,” tells us that there are two kinds of people in the world.
He was profoundly affected by the sights of war and later described a recurring nightmare of his traumatic experiences. Dix later explains why he volunteered to go to war and why he needed the experience: “I have to experience all the ghastly, bottomless depths of life for myself, its for this reason that I went to war and for that reason I volunteered.” (Brainyquote, 2016). In the etching Dix has created, jagged lines which create a threatening and unnerving impression on the viewer, with the strong vertical lines of the sticks and figures suggesting movement. Dix asserts, “people were already beginning to forget, what horrible suffering the war had brought them.
Allen Ginsberg poem is about moving on from death, specifically his father's. Ginsberg uses his father's death to explain his lesson with death. In the fourth stanza he says “Pain is gone, tears take the rest.” He means that his relatives are departed. In the second and third stanza he makes jokes about his family's death.