“a drawing-down of blinds” clearly shows that whatever happens is final and there’s nothing that can change what happened during that particular day like War. “No mockeries now” “No prayers or bells” Wilfred Owen shows the internal struggle of the soldier as he realizes what his final sounds will be as opposed to what he might have believed in. There’s a stark difference in the poem with explosive reality of warfare as opposed to calm holiness of the church funeral. Line 1 clearly jolts the reader as it suggests that men who are fighting for their life are no different that cattle ready for slaughter. This metaphor also brings to mind the word butchered, indicating the men were slaughtered not
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. In the 17th century, poets mostly used romantic diction in their
The poem considers the illusion of war as glamorous, and stresses the violence of battle. The writer, Owen, also illustrates what impacts the war could bring to an individual, and the permanent loss of physical ability. ‘‘Refugee Blues’’, by W.H. Auden was written a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War. ‘Refugee’ emphasises their escape from persecution, their loss of identity,
This describes the soldier’s possible feeling of helplessness and dire need for the war to end. Concluding the same stanza are the words “From side to side, and sniffed the unwholesome air” (3). The pattern of the words “step by step” and “side to side” resemble how soldiers march in a formation. The speaker has these words looming over him as a finds his way through the tunnels. The military is associated with
The poem has shown a highly sarcastic tone as it lists all the horrors of war, and then contrasts the depiction of the horrors with the line “War is kind.” In the first stanza, it is started with “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.” This could mean the writer is being ironic. War is not good at all and this is where he tried to argue the true nature of war. In the second and third lines of the same stanza, “Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky” “And the affrighted steed ran on alone,” Here the second lines means the maiden’s lover might be shot or killed in the war. The horse utilised by the deceased ran away leaving him behind. In the fourth and fifth lines, “Do not weep.” “War is kind.” Once again the writer tells the maiden not to weep because war is kind.
“Cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them.” The author is trying to give the readers a heroic image of the men by writing statements like “Boldly they rode and well” and Honour the charge they made!” This gives an image of brave soldiers riding through war like heroic-figures. The author uses diction to help express the imagery of the poem. Using words like “boldly” and “hero” exposes the author’s feelings of honor towards the “Light Brigade”. The diction helps Tennyson express his respect because it allows him to talk highly of the men, therefore, exposing his respect for the men. The imagery and diction he uses connects because he used his
In Richard Lovelace’s To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars, although the poem is written to say farewell to the mistress because the speaker is going to sacrifice himself and is going to war, it is playful and romantic. This poem mainly focuses on how romantic it is for someone to go fight in a war. In Alfred Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade, the one is set to be serious and respectful. The poem is about how soldiers who went into battle should be honored for their doing, and that war places soldiers under extreme stress and pressure. The poem 's diction keeps emphasizing on death and the horrors of it which is intense.
This emphasizes the grotesque reality of the poem. The poet does not hold back when describing the fallen soldier, and does this to try and reach the audience 's emotions. The soldier does not react to the death of his fellow comrade, and just walks away and continues looking for a way above ground. This asserts the underlying theme of how horrific war really is, and how it can really change a person. The fact that the dead soldier is left there for ten days, and how the other soldier did not have any reaction to seeing a dead troop addresses the message that war is mentally damaging.
Stephen Crane’s poem, “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind” quite clearly speaks to the horror and grief of war, but does so in a roundabout way that comes across as sarcasm; in fact, it is exactly this heavy use of verbal irony that drives his message home to the reader. Verbal irony, put simply, is the use of words to deliberately convey the opposite of their direct or literal meanings. For example, the first stanza of Crane’s poem reads, “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind. / Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky / And the affrighted steed ran on alone, / Do not weep. / War is kind” (Crane 1-5).