In this poem Dreamer, the author which is Sassoon show how the soldiers are people too. It is written during the First World War. In this poem the anger is focused on those most directly responsible for the soldier’s fate. Society frequently depicts war as an exciting adventure offering opportunities to prove one 's power and win glory. But, says Sassoon in presenting his theme, war is a brutal ordeal for facing bullets and artillery bombardment--and the sight of bloody uniforms, torn limbs, and twitching bodies.
To summarize, the whole image of this poem is that of a soldier lying on the floor as he is immersed in a procession of thoughts only, not any other type of procession. We know this because of the almost identical terms he uses to describe the procession, the events he describes around him and because of his reference to these winding of
The poem includes descriptions of the speakers comrade, that had recently been killed, giving imagery of what he views. The soldier explains how his companion appears “massacred”, with “his mouth of broken teeth facing the full moon” and “his bloated hands permeating [his] silence”(Ungaretti). With such frightful word choice, the author certainly emphasizes the horrors of war through the use of his words, and it can be inferred that the speaker feels emotionally in pain from this death witnessed when the soldier elucidates how “he has never been so attached to life”(Ungaretti). Although the speaker may agonize over the death of his comrade, he also feels this connection to life because he potentially could be in the same gruesome position, alive one moment and dead the
For example, when Paul describes the new recruits and how they act in battle, he says to the reader “They listen, they are docile- but when it begins again,in their excitement, they do everything wrong” (134) It is practically a genocide, these new recruits are not ready for war and what it takes, they act like eager children, and die like flies. Furthermore, when the battle is at an end, a man calls and counts the men, Paul tells the reader “And there is a long silence before the voice asks: ‘Anyone else?’- and waits and then says softly: ‘In squads’- and breaks off and is only able to finish: ‘Second Company-march easy’” (136). The breaks show the quietness, the elephant in the room so to speak, as there are so few left, everyone else is dead. This is how the author uses syntax to express an anti-war
But, through his writings, Sassoon shows that war is intense and soldiers use dreams and thoughts of their homes to bombard their focus of war (Cummings). I agree that Sassoon is very good about beating down the idea that war is a glorious experience, and he does a good job at revealing glimpses of the hardships that the soldiers face everyday (Kousar). According to Kousar, in an idea that goes along with the soldiers struggles being relieved by daydreams, Sassoon uses artistic violation in his poem “Dreamers”. He uses an oxymoron technique. For example, ‘flaming fatal climax’ and ‘hopeless longing’ are used to create an effect of the soldiers pain being soothed (Kousar).
A heroic couplet structure within the poem provides a degree of clarity while still asserting the chaos and cruelness of war. Once again, it can be inferred that Owen himself serves as the speaker. However, this time his audience is more focused on young soldiers and families rather than plainly the public in general. In contrast to the previous work, this poem is set primarily in a World War I training camp, signifying the process young soldiers go through prior to deployment to the front line. The tone of this poem is more foreboding and condemnatory, not only describing the training soldiers but outright degrading their forced involvement as morally wrong.
He focused on making the readers realize all the great lives that are being killed and forgotten in the war. Sassoon tries to use simple words like “boy” and “joy” to make people feel and understand the poem. He creates the image of a normal young soldier boy. This soldier boy has many dreams and wishes and he enjoys life in general. However, his world is changed when war appears and the young soldier commits suicide in the trenches.
"Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy? If we threw away these rifles and uniforms you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert (Remarque 223)". Comradeship among soldiers is a major theme throughout the novel, "All Quiet on the Western Front" because the soldiers knew each other before the war, protected each other during combat, and can relate to one another without having to literally speak. This story 's theme shows comradeship because Paul and the other soldiers were in class together before joining the war. In the beginning of the novel Paul introduces his friends he went to school with before going to war with.
In Walt Whitman’s poem, The Artillery Man's Vision, a returned soldier wakes from his sleep to find a vision of his war memories appears before him. In it, Whitman uses the appearance of the man's vision to show the urgency and vividness present in the flashbacks of veterans suffering from PTSD, through the objective narration of the scene. The poem opens with a soldier waking in the middle of the night in the depths of his domestic life. Yet despite “wars [being] over long”, the former soldier finds that he is unable to forget what had happened on the battlefield, conjuring up flashbacks from a battle he took part in. In the first half of the poem, through descriptions of “the sounds of the different missiles—the short t-h-t!
It is as if that the stanzas are divided, those stanzas that Thetis expects to see and those of how actually the things are, the first are alleged the reality with a more romanticized way and the other are presented with a rather tough and harsh reality which is as if a battlefield. In this poem, Auden wants to demonstrate his concerns for a contingent war, the poem is written in the period after the Great War which inevitably follows the period of Cold War. In a way, through the poem, Auden tries to make its readers think more reasonable and be aware of the consequences that would have in a possible war. In the last stanza, when Hephaestos reveals to Thetis the whole true about the shield “Hephaestos, hobbled away,... Out in dismay ”, the fact that her son Achilles died during the war(66-68). The descriptions that are provided in the poem, remind the recent events of the war and Auden uses them so as to recall people’s memory and to function as an example to be avoided.