Exposure Poem Summary

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Nitya Narayanan English SL 18/04/16 TPSESO – (Exposure) T Title. Pre-Reading I think that the poem ‘Exposure’ is about the mental torture that soldiers had to go through during war. The overlying idea of this poem is death, and that once you are caught in the vicious cycle of war, God can’t even save us from death because death is inevitable. At the end, nothing but death takes place in war. Post-Reading After further research, I learnt that this poem was about the soldiers getting exposed to several hardships during World War I, which were diseases, environmental disasters, poor sanitation facilities, and most importantly fighting enemies. P Plot. This poem is about soldiers facing harsh natural…show more content…
Northward incessantly, the flickering gunnery rumbles’(lines 7 and 8) ‘Wearied we keep awake because the night is silent... Low drooping flares confuse our memory of the salient…’(lines 2 and 3) ‘Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of gray,’(lines 13 and 14) Personification ‘The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow…’(line 11) ‘For love of God seems dying’(line 35) ‘For God’s invincible spring our love is make afraid’(line 33) Diction ‘Merciless’(line 1) ‘Agonies’(line 7) ‘Forgotten dreams’(line 22) Symbols ‘Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of…show more content…
There are eight stanzas. Each stanza ends with short sentence or question. There are 40 lines in this poem. E Effect of Style & Language Analysis (Device / Deduction) Interpretation & Impact [Lit. Devices] There are three main literary devices used in this poem. The first is Sound devices (consonance, Alliteration, Assonance) which help in recreating the sound of elements of weather (Snow, wind) or of objects like bullets that help in comparing between harsh weather and objects which ties back to the theme of harsh weather taking people’s lives. Second is similes that help in comparing or even juxtaposing two things to be able to show the misery of the soldiers. Lastly, imagery personification is used to bring life to objects or intangible things like love so that the audience can relate to these feelings and understand the misery of
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