Attack by Siegfried Sassoon Essay by Qurratulain Shahood Literature in English (AS) Siegfried Sassoon’s revealing poem ‘Attack’ is an expression of the apathy and futility of war. Laced with graphic images of combat and a lurking sense of doom, ‘Attack’ crumbles the glorified image of war into nothingness. Sassoon’s hostility to war can be seen in the way he disregards any element of fantasy in war- for him, war is a brutal reality of bloodshed, heartbreak and utter loss of hope. The structure of the poem is somewhat crowded- a stretch of thirteen lines with abrupt stops and endings in the middle of lines. These portray a sense of foreboding and uncertainty in cramped conditions.
Related Material for Area of Study: Belonging Title: The Island Composer: Armin Greder Text type/Genre: Picture Book Source and Date: The Island published by Allen & Unwin, 2007 (2nd edition) Synopsis of text : The picture book by Armin Greder is a poignant allegory that uses minimal text and provocative imagery to relay the negative concepts of belonging. Triggered by the events of a foreigner washing up on their island, the inhabitants although weary of the man take him in however this seemingly reactionary human response leads to fierce conflict and harsh reverberations throughout the entire island community. What issues related to Belonging (and/or not belonging) are raised in this text? The text presents a series
Also the use off an oxymoron "restless silence" foreshadows the tragedy that is to come. Larkin presents loss off time with the adverbs "never", "all day", "domesday", "past", "lasting" and "leaving" these adverbs represent the negative impact of war and how time passed so fast. Larkin places capitals at the beginning off line, this reinforces authorities power at he beginning of the war, and how they had such a massive impact on people's loss of lives. Larkin uses both poetic devices and language devices technically through out his poem, all of these devices highlight the impact off war and the extreme losses people had
Explore the ways Coleridge tells his story in Part 3 of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” In Part 3, the poem becomes more fantastical as the spiritual world continues to punish the Ancient Mariner and his fellow sailors. Although later in the poem Coleridge reveals that a specific spirit is responsible for their demise, it seems as though the spiritual world as a whole is punishing the men, using the natural world as its weapon: the wind refuses to blow, the ocean churns with dreadful creatures, and the sun's relentless heat chars the men. The ghost ship, however, is separate from the natural world - it sails without wind, and its inhabitants are spirits. Death and Life-in-Death are allegorical figures who become frighteningly real for the sailors, especially the Ancient Mariner, whose soul Life-in-Death "wins", thereby dooming him to a fate worse than death. Even those sailors whose souls go to hell seem freer than the Ancient Mariner; while their souls fly unencumbered out of their bodies, he is destined to be trapped in his indefinitely - a living hell.
In addition, the onomatopoeia word ‘click’ emphasises his anger because of his sharp aggressive ‘ck’ sound. Secondly he begins to use harsh and aggressive words, for example the word ‘thrust’ is a very harsh and unwelcome word, and it sounds very violent and aggressive. In this poem Afrika uses the symbol of “weeds” as the weeds are unwelcome, the weeds and Afrika are similar because they are unwelcome as they are both outsiders. Afrika’s hatred for what he believes it continually discriminated, this it shown as a symbol with the ‘whites only inn’, Afrika uses a word ‘brash’ which shows his vulgar, garnish and ostentations into appearance. Also alliteration is used in ‘guards at the gatepost’ with its aggressive ‘g’ sound, to reveal how intimidating it feels.
For example, the violent verb 'thrown' highlights the power and danger of the sea. The fact that she's saying 'it would not be difficult to break bones' further emphasises this. Also, the repetition of the verb 'thrown' is perhaps used to show the force and frequency of the weather which therefore conveys a sense of struggle. In addition, the repetition of the word 'tugged' suggests desperation and
In the end, Lennie’s actions, a form of physical harassment lead to his death. Lennie is a dangerous person who cannot be controlled. Steinbeck uses Lennie as an extreme example of physical harassment. Steinbeck allows the reader to compare and contrast the difference between Curley and his wife, using all three forms of harassment to Lennie who is mostly all physical. One example of Lennie’s physical harassment is at the beginning of the novel.
John Humphrys in 2001 in the Daily Mail has clearly stated a public debate, that the English language is being destroyed by the texting. The use of aggressive language, such as emotive language. For example, “... pillaging our punctuation … raping our vocabulary.” John Humphrys is very pugnacious; the connotations of the words pillaging and raping are violence and war like. Raping is such a violated verb: Humphrys has used it to show his disgust and hatred for texting. Pillaging is also a verb, however in this context; he has used it to express his own opinions and views of spoken language.
English Commentary on Stephen Crane’s ‘The Open Boat, A tale of the sea’. This extract from Stephen Crane’s “The open boat, A tale of the sea (1897)” describes a crew of men stranded in the sea in a life boat, and unable to reach land. It depicts the helplessness of the crew and their disappointments. In this process Crane shows that in helpless situations, one blames other individuals or the metaphysical fate. Under their extreme and dire situations, Crane shows how negative emotions regarding the people on land, such as cowardice and incompetency, emanate from the frustrations and disappointments of the men on the boat.