In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders Fields: A Bloody War John McCrae like many others at his age, went to war not knowing what to expect. The brutal fighting and deaths he experienced left him with images which traumatized him. Being a war poet, he felt as though the soldiers did not get a voice. This poem was written with that in mind, McCrae writes about death and horrors on the battlefield. This poem serves a great purpose in Canadian History and represents the millions of dead soldiers asking to carry on what they started. “take up our quarrel with the foe:” (McCrae) The poems three verses are significantly different. In the first stanza the poem starts off easy and uses symbols to portray the positive side effects with no relevance to military force. The second stanza portrays the hopeless soldiers message and the third stanza urges others to persist. This is the greatest poem in the world due to effective use of poetic devices in order to touch on the themes of death, honor and revenge. To enhance these themes McCrae uses other forms of poetic devices such as alliteration, “ In Flanders Fields the poppies blow” (McCrae). Personification, “the larks, still bravely singing, fly” and metaphor, “The torch; be yours to hold it high” (McCrae) Firstly, the poems main focus is on war, thus implying death. McCrae’s poems included many uses of death. . In his writing he uses imagery, metaphor, and personification to introduce death gradually rather than present it directly (Ruby 157). McCrae uses symbolism in order to avoid speaking directly of the horrors of war, making the poem accessible to the general public (Meyer 164). In the first stanza larks symbolize happiness and good outcome but they are scarce due to the gun battle down below. This image seems to symbolize that there might be a good outcome to the
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