In “Arms and the Boy” Owens uses a more direct path to tell the reader the truth of war, which is through imagery and personification. The different literary devices used in the two poems creates a different experience for the reader, even though the end message is very similar. In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young,” the most prominent literary device is the allusion to the bible. Owen mirrors his poem after Genesis 22:1-19, which on the surface may lead the reader to believe that there is something good in war because Genesis has a happy ending with the son not being killed if you follow God’s orders. Owen puts a twist on the story and Abram “slew his son” (line 15).
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.
Similar is done in “the manhunt” with its structure in rhyming doublets and the pain and war that is presented continuously in the poem through images of gunfires and war in “first phase” and “blown hinge”. This contrast presented in both poems makes the reader feel as if the poem doesn’t really fit in and if the effects of war or war itself is being forced into something that it isn’t that the suffering and pain is so great that it can’t be fit into “ordered rows” or maybe it lets the reader understand that “suffering” isn’t really understood and therefore forced into something it isn’t. The effects of this are then both present with ‘suffering” being held together so tight that it is about to explode. In the Manhunt this is presented through “every nerve in his
In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” there is a shift in pace where Owen exemplifies the immediate calling of “GAS! Gas! Quick, boys” conveying the tone of how the war is chaotic to support the overall meaning of how war is not what people believe it is (9). As the stanzas change, they each accentuate the idea of how the war takes a toll on the soldier, and in the last stanza focuses on how people believe the old lie of how dying for a country is glorious. “Epitaph on a Soldier” is written in iambic pentameter with a more rhythmic nature to impose a more positive impression on the reader.
War, an idea that has been in the history of man even before modern civilization or even civilization itself. Due to this, war itself has become the topic of many forms of literature, because of its ability to transcend he normal aspects of life, allowing authors, writers and poets to include many pieces of knowledge, lessons and themes in their work. Two authors that have attempted to do this are John A McCrae in the poem “In Flanders Fields” and Thomas Hardy in “Channel Firing”, in these works there holds many similarities and differences. Such as in both works the authors are clearly speaking on the negative gory aspects of war, and both have a point view of a person who is in a middle of the battle. These texts though differ in the fact that they use literary elements in different way to emphasis a point.
Mary Oliver once said “Figurative language can give shape to the difficult and the painful. It can make visible and ‘felt’ that which is invisible and ‘unfeelable’.” Authors use figurative language in order to set the tone and mood for the story. In the stories “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, and “Stop the sun” by Gary Pulser, the authors use figurative language to develop the characters and tone. In “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” the author uses figurative language to develop the characters and the tone of the story. In the story the author uses similes to describe the tone in the sentence “His father’s words like the distant thunder that now echoed….” This helps the reader identify the father’s personality to be loud and argumentative, also his words are described as echoing letting the reader infer
But Homer and Brodsky depict two different forms of this man, Odysseus. While the men share a similar affection for their son, Telemachus, their wife, Penelope is held on two different standards. War and home are also recognized differently. One man views them as honorable, while the other views them as purposeless. In some interpretations, Brodsky’s Odysseus is the representation of depression, while Homer’s Odysseus can be interpreted as the heroic side of war, hinting towards each of the author’s personal interpretation of culture and values as pessimistic and optimistic
“The Happy Warrior,” displays diction and irony to highlight the realistic attitude on war by Sir Herbert Read. Throughout his poem, Sir Herbert Read uses a gruesome word choice to get across the message about the horrors of war. Early in the poem, “painful sobs” (1), came over the fighting soldier. The horrid thought of agonizing pain lies with reader as they read the rest of the poem in an appalling disgust. Additionally, the word, “shriek” (5), describes a ghastly scream instead of using a word such as cry or yell.
Some were true while some were just to portray heroism and were filled with false facts. The story “How to Tell a True War story” written by Tim O’Brien illustrates the difference between true and fictional war sorties. To show this O’Brien used two different stories and compared them. In both the stories, the common theme is that war brings melancholy and pain to everyone. The first story was about two friends Curt Lemon and Rat Kiley.
The war starting just after Beatty's death exaggerates how problematic Beatty was by correlating a war reference with his death. In conclusion, Bradbury uses Beatty, Mildred, and Clarisse to forward Montag’s inner war. In fact, each of these character’s affect and assemble Montag’s internal war. In addition, Montag’s inner war correlate with the external war. However, Bradbury does not do this on purpose as he is trying to spread the message of how internal and external wars are extremely similar and often are exaggerated and compounded by our outer