The poem offers not answers, but questions towards the meaning of existence, and is toned with a sense of failure, loss and desolation, as it seems that neither Lynch's art, nor the art of the poem, can defy death. Within the poem itself, there are many pieces of Slessor’s mourning scattered throughout, as the whole of Joe’s life moves through the mind of Kenneth Slessor, in the tolling of the five strokes of the bell, “this one life of Joe, long dead, who lives between five bells.” Mourning presents itself as being a solid thematic concern, as we are engaged by the integrated imagery, “the night we came to Moorebank in slab-dark, so dark you bore no body, had no face”, and the fitting diction, which bond together to form an essential part of the coherent structure of poetic meaning. As a meditation on a dead colleague, the background scenery of “Five Bells” revolves around darkness, isolated glittering lights, and emptiness, “deep and dissolving verticals of light, ferry the falls of moonshine down”, and the darkness with its scattered lights presents us with poetic resonance of symbolism, denoting the loneliness of men whose contacts are so transitory and far apart. This imagery combined with symbolism work together to engage and to evoke
Stephen Touma Wilfred Owens poetry is driven by a passionate exploration of humanity at its worst. Refer to 2 poems Poetry written by Owen is directed by an intense examination of the human condition and society at its most negative state. Owen doesn’t merely search or subliminally display these experiences he heatedly exposes humanity at its absolute worst. Owen illustrates these experiences through his explanation of the exhaustion of soldiers and their movement between the battlefield, and the sacrifices of war. This can be seen in his two poems ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Parable of the Old man and the Young’.
In the poem Ghaflah—the sin of forgetfulness, author Dima Hilal uses repetition and allegory to reflect the disconnect many immigrants feel between their birth country and their new home. Through the casual free verse of this poem, the author tells a serious story, reflecting on events that are real in everyone's lives. The author uses repetition to reach out to her readers and give a “you are not alone” feel. She repeats the word "we" many times, acknowledging that this disconnect is a worldwide experience. This technique also gives an interesting perspective of how many middle easterners view the western world.
In the beginning of the poem the soldier starts to reminisce about his past. The cyclical nature of the poem is appropriate as it emphasises the pain and the nightmares that are continuously in his mind, giving him no peace or respite. “Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry… a leap of purple spurted from his thigh.” This image when contrasted to the images of his previous life, serves to create a sense of loss for the young. The injury still to this day causes him pain when he thinks about the life he could have had. The soldier reflects on his “youthful” days which effectively exposes Owen’s perspective on the aftermath of war.
Nothing should be sugar coded because many lives were lost and many individuals suffered a great deal and everyone should understand why. In McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field” he explains life before and after war. There was once a time when they experience the feeling of love and the enjoyment of life, but now they lay dead looking back at the life they had to give up to fight in war. Those who have died have passed the torch to the next generation of soldiers. This proved that the peace treaty didn’t solve the problem and a new war would occur.
Wilfred Owen was significantly inspired and influenced by Keats’ poetry, reforming a vast amount of Owen’s work, and most importantly his style of writing. This analysis will attempt to illustrate some similarities and differences of their work. Owen begins his poem by speaking about a large proportion of the soldiers who have been both physically and mentally affected by the war. Owen masks these soldiers and generalises them to one single “disabled” person. This can be interpreted as Owen attempting to illustrate the voice of many soldiers, through a poem.
Carol Ann Duffy mentioned concerning her own work “I like to use simple words but in a complicated way”. I feel that she has accomplished this, both in expressing pain and loss, amidst various situations and in an inventive manner. The poem ‘War Photographer’, describes the working life of a war photographer, and his raw emotions regarding his profession. The poem is set, with great significance in “his darkroom”. This setting, introduced in the first line of the first stanza, reflects the dark thoughts of war that he has witnessed, and the contemplative mood which runs strongly throughout.
Hamlet, Text commentary: “O that this too too solid flesh would met” (1.2.129) – “But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue” (1.2.159) This extract takes place after the conversation between Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius about Hamlet’s too long mourning. In this excerpt, which is the very first soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet, there is a tension between the world of the living and the one of the dead. Actually, Hamlet is deeply affected by the death of his father (the world of the dead) and the recent wedding of his mother with his uncle Claudius (the world of the living). He is torn up between sadness and disgust. His only solution to escape sadness is to leave the living to join the world of the dead but at this moment of the play, Hamlet his not able to take this decision yet.
I was blind with the idea that my dreams would always be just dreams because I was simply not born with any luck. The book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green helped me get rid of this unwise idea. This book tells the story of Hazel Lancaster, a sixteen-year old who is a victim of cancer. She is not brave, courageous or has a positive perspective of life. On the opposite, Hazel lives in a severe depression and it is clearly shown that her disease has consumed the majority of her happiness.
“A good poem may lead to sadness, joyful or simply wandering, but it always leads us to think more deeply about life” Discuss this statement with reference to at least two Sassoon’s poems. A good poem may lead to sadness, joyful or simply wandering, but it always leads us to think more deeply about life. A War poem is a poem that is written on the subject of war. It is applied especially to those in military service. The nature of war poem is to show how horrible and disgusting war is.