For the Fallen Essay

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The fallen poem The words of The Fallen poem written by Laurence Binyon are moving. They relate to the death of soldiers during World War One; particularly the English. Most will recognise the fourth verse. Ts well known around the world and inscribed on many stone memorials. It is a favourite to be repeated at Remembrance services. This is a breakdown of my view. How I interpret what the writer was possibly trying to portray through his work. Sadly this poem has seen many wars and the words can be related to not only other wars in the UK, but to other continents who have lost or have sons - and nowadays daughters- still fighting for freedom and peace. Fortunately for the majority of families, the bodies of their loved ones can now can be brought back to be rested on home shores. Verse One A mother's gift, the giving up of her son to war, England proud but torn, her children never to return but interned overseas. With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Verse Two Mourning the losses. Use of the words thrill and august possibly describes the natural human love of all things majestic even in death. This verse conjures images of parents, wives and lovers crying out to the skies on news of their loved ones' death . There is a strong sense of pride that they lost them for a powerful cause. Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. Verse Three This conjures up images of proud upright youths and men in new uniforms, marching and showing strength to the end as they fought on regardless. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They

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