The message is conveyed through female characters that have felt sorrow and emptiness during and after the war. They have to deal with losing their loved ones, using their bodies as a form of economic support, and being abused by men at war. Regular civilians had to deal with the loss of family members or friends that went to war. Lan had experienced a lot of loss due to the war. Lan told Kien, “‘What a cruel time… and so very long.
The first sonnet is composed of the speaker's experience during war. In the beginning Wilfred Owen describes a group of soldiers returning from combat: “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knocked-Kneed, coughing like hags”(Line 1). Wilfred Owen’s use of similes to illustrate the soldiers physical and mental exhaustion, “induces the convincing image of horrid and terrifying experiences of war”(Shreya Kashyap 2). Furthermore, Owen uses repetition of words such as “marched asleep”, “blind”, “limp” and “blood” to allow the readers to feel how long the march is for the soldiers. However, Shreya Kashyap points out that the soldiers were not simply tired and lacking sleep, nonetheless “they could not even hear the sounds of all the noises, hoots, bombs or the mighty shells”(3) .
The Things They Carried Thematic Essay “Special honor or respect shown publicly,” is the definition of homage and homage is the biggest motivator in Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried. He wrote this book to pay homage to the men who died for our country during his fight in Vietnam. It is a theme that carries throughout this collection of stories. The Things They Carried is a way to see what these soldiers went through and who they were before passing away. They were O’Brien’s friends during the fight and they were all but numbers after the war, or distant memories.
This reflects Owen’s life at this time as he wrote this poem while he was recuperating in a military hospital for wounds sustained in the battlefield. Through the use of contrast, shocking imagery and juxtaposition Owen portrays the pity of war and the effects of the horrors of war on the soldiers. Owen creates pity for the soldier using emotive language in the first stanza. The soldier is described as “shivering in his ghastly suit of grey”. The adjective “ghastly” has connotations of ghouls and death.
He reads it again, wonders what his family will think, wonders who will tell Mutti. He feels sad for Mutti. He knows his death will be hard on her.” A Lot of quite sad events happened like this in both stories, which built a lot of Tension. Also, we see a flashback of Helmuth dying and saying goodbye to his friends and his family in letters. In “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” on pages 160-161 it says “She stopped as the dark door into Lilith’s Cave opened before them.
In stanza one of his poem Owen uses similes to emphasize the exhausted state of the soldiers. He first compares the posture of the soldiers, “bent double” to “old beggars”, and then continues to compare their coughs to “old hags”; he continues to use diction and choice of vocabulary, “curse”, “sludge”, “haunting” and “trudge” to further emphasize the poor state of the soldiers. Through the use of diction and similes Owen creates a dark, deprived, and fatigued atmosphere, contradicting to the peaceful mood of Brooks poem. To continue, Owen uses an iambic pentameter throughout the poem, with line 16 breaking the pattern. This beat mimics the pace of marching soldiers, but the outfall of the pattern highlights their faintness, as they are unable to march with an even beat.
It can make the poem memorable and powerful. The poem “In Flanders Field” talks about soldier’s opinion and how they felt when they were at the war front. It describes conditions during the war and how they died. Though this poem talks about war and death, it still has a happy tone to it as the soldiers describes it in glorious way. The poem “Suicide in the trenches” talks about changes in life style of an innocent boy during the war.
The title, ‘Exposure’, has two purposes: first, to expose the state of the soldiers to the readers and second, to describe how the soldiers were exposed to the daily horror and danger of the war. In the first line, the phrase ‘our brains ache’, refers to the trauma of soldiers who are always worried about getting attacked even during their sleep. Also, considering that most of the soldiers were young boys, this poem tells us what the soldiers might have felt, scared waiting in the trenches, which must have felt like actual hell. The next line, ‘in the merciless iced cast winds that knive us’, adds on to explaining the horror of soldiers by not only mentioning their mental condition but also that their physical conditions were not well as well. By personifying the wind, which ‘knive’ the soldiers, it shows that soldiers were faced to fight against the weather not just the enemy.
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.
Referring closely to the language of the poets, explain how loss is presented in “Stop All The Clocks” and “The Voice.” “Stop All The Clocks” and “The Voice” are both written by poets whom have lost a loved one, they express the pain and grief they have experienced but differ in responses and tone due to the time that has passed. In “Stop All The Clocks” W.H. Auden expresses the pain and anger he feels, and is written from the perspective of someone who has recently buried his loved one and is experiencing the immediate grief, this influences him to be extremely dramatic. In contrast, Thomas Hardy writes “The Voice” to profess the remorse he feels, after his estranged wife dies whilst they were separated, this influences the response to be