Through use of setting and contrast, both poets contribute to presenting the theme of the realities of war. Firstly within the poems, both Owen and Harrison present the horrific images of war through use of visual imagery.“And leaped of purple spurted his thigh” is stated. Owen describes the immediate action of presenting the truth of war as horrific and terrifying . The phrase “purple spurted” represents the odd color of the blood which was shedded as the boulder from the bomb smashed his leg in a matter of seconds. The readers
How does Hill create a powerfully dramatic sense of fear and tension in this extract? In Susan Hill 's book "I 'm the King of the Castle", some of the main themes are tension and fear. Hill uses many literary techniques to create a heinous and dramatic atmosphere (following the theme of gothic literature), while still keeping a sense of dark excitement. Kingshaw 's fears and feelings are conveyed using a selection of linguistic techniques, letting the reader see deep into his thoughts. One of the many good examples of this is in chapter 3, when Kingshaw attempts to find peace but instead finds danger and pain in the form of a crow attack.
Lament by Gillian Clarke and War Photographer by Duffy portrays two different storylines and views on war. It also presents how the impact of war made them feel. Clarke identifies war as an expression of sadness and anger. As well as showing her grief towards the many deaths caused by the Gulf War in 1991. Whilst, Duffy perceives war as chaos and the choice being made whether to record the horrific events of war or help out with the problem.
Siegfried Sassoon takes on a narrative style in his poem “The Rear-Guard”, and combines it with complex syntax to portray the speaker’s horrific experiences throughout war. The poem exposes a soldier’s experience of finding the violent battlefield above through the death-filled tunnels. Pairing the speaker’s point of view with specific word choice clearly demonstrates the excruciating mental and physical pain being a soldier inflicts, and leaves a glooming effect on the reader. Sassoon fills the poem with explicit imagery to reveal the pacifist theme he is trying to convey. Sassoon wants the audience to realize that war and violence is not the solution, and he reveals this through his poetry.
William Butler Yeats’s The Tower has illustrated his views on Ireland and its relationship with war and violence. This essay will use “Leda and the Swan”, “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen” and “Meditations in Time of Civil War” to help understand Yeats’s engagement of violence. They also highlight how violence can be both creative and destructive effects. He uses subtle language and vivid imagery to engage in the effects of violence and also highlight the issues that associate with them. These poems highlight how historical events such as the Irish Civil War in Ireland influenced Yeats throughout The Tower and how he reflects upon his feelings though these poems.
Owen was taken out of the war where he began writing poems. He wrote his poems to show both his anger at the cruelty and waste of war. (BBC) Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war.
The personification of murder is also very important, as at this point, its “whims” do not function alone, but are rather helplessly connected to a war caused by nationalism. Therefore, the poet draws a strong connection between murder and nationalism, and expands on those lines throughout the rest of the poem. The rhetorical question of “What do you see in your eyes/ At the shrieking iron and flame/ Hurled through still heavens” is a manner of criticising the blindness of politicians during the war. The “shrieking iron and flame”, are, of course, the artillery shells exploding over the trenches, thus disturbing the “still
“There in the room as I wake from sleep this vision presses upon me; / The engagement opens there and then in fantasy unreal, / The skirmishers begin, they crawl cautiously ahead, I hear the irregular snap! snap!” (4-6). Not only do these two quotes demonstrate how memory distorts reality, but they also coincide with victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. Both Sebald and Whitman’s recollections affect how they view, experience and feel their current reality. Both are men that have witnessed war and atrocities, and both have entered wars as one person and exited as another person with a completely distorted perception of the world.
As such the essay aims at developing the main themes in the poems and techniques, the authors have used in developing them as well as finding the comparison between the two. Evidently, from the title ‘Lament’ in the poem by Clarke Gillian (n.p), it is clear that the poem is primarily expressing grief which results from war. This is well developed in the poem whereby the author talks about solders that are already in uniform. As such the war has resulted in destruction not only to the humanity but also on the environment. This is well developed throughout the whole poem and forms the basis for the lamentations of the author.