“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.
Poe’s use of anaphora, dark themes, and antithesis allow “The Raven” to capture the essence of King’s quote. Poe uses anaphora to constantly remind the reader about the horror that the man is experiencing. Poe uses the raven to symbolize the loss that the man has felt. He has lost his beloved Lenore and he almost wants her to haunt him. He is disappointed to see that it is only a nasty black raven.
These poems are all written by the poet Wilfred Owen. I’m comparing the speeches and poems to give the different views on what people thought about war. In Henry V speech Saint Crispin’s day Henry V speaks a lot of glory, honour and brotherhood. All these ideas can inspire even the most despairing and oppressed men. This speech is very powerful and when someone is feeling unmotivated and depressed it has the ability to stir you to focus.
This positive representation of conflict could be linked to Tennyson’s role of Poet Laureate under Queen Victoria’s reign. On the other hand Futility could be considered as an elegy for the unnamed solider and opens with a tender and sad tone shifting to pointlessness in the second stanza. The use of the pronoun him in the opening line suggests this could be any soldier from World War one demonstrating the number of men who would remain unnamed and unclaimed during this conflict and how bad it was that so many people died, and even the most patriotic soldiers would still die, unnamed in the end. The Charge of the light Brigade comprises of six stanzas, of varying in length from six to twelve lines and goes in chronological order. This could offer the reader the sense of riding in to the battle with the soldiers.
This can be seen in his two poems ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Parable of the Old man and the Young’. Through these poems, Owen is motivated by a powerful examination of people during a highly negative state. Focusing on the exhaustion of soldiers and their movement throughout the battlefield is one of Owens key techniques throughout his poetry. When it comes to Owens poetry, the impact war has on the soldiers is clear, this is evident in his poem, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’. Soldiers who go off to war are meant to be healthy and strong, however, this poem portrays the soldiers as old and unhealthy people.
He has done this in mid-term break by using phrases like ‘corpse’ and ‘a poppy bruise’. These phrases give the poem a very dark mood as they relate to war and death. His great knowledge of the war through his personal experience of the Second World War means that he was able to forget human emotions and discuss and write about things in a matter of fact tone. The rhythm of his poetry is very musically
The author is constantly foreshadowing events that are soon to come in the poem, often by the use of repition to help the reader understand the feeling of the whole situation. “Half a league, half a league,/Half league onward”(Tennyson 1-2). I believe that Tennyson started with a repeating phrase for the purpose of creating the story’s mood later on; repitition of the phrase reveals to the reader that the speaker is exhausted. Another example of repitition, “Into the valley of Death/Rode the six hundred”(Tennyson 7-8). Tennyson foreshadows the fate of the six hundred soldiers by creating visual imagery for the reader, describing the valley with the word “Death”.
I think this is further emphasised when Thomas describes them as ‘Fair-haired and ruddy’ giving the reader an image of youth that is forgotten ‘since their beauty passed’ indicating that Thomas is certain the soldiers will die. Moreover Thomas speaks of the ‘hounds’ in the past tense indicating a memory which he is haunted by, denoting that he thinks memories of the war will haunt him in the same way. These concerns of war are echoed throughout the poem which demonstrates that Thomas is very much aware of the amount of soldiers who have now gone and also of the unending war. The endlessness of the war is recognized when he chooses to say that the ‘hounds’ which is a metaphor for the soldiers ‘streamed by’ as stream is a constant action, Thomas is highlighting how constant the rate the men are leaving at is; but continuing to describe them as ‘a great dragon’ suggests that the men do not know their own power and are a danger to themselves due to their innocence which was mentioned previously. The choice of the word ‘stream’ also links
The theme of life and death is reinforced using depictions that usually are associated with death and flashing glimpses of life. Through this contrast of life and death, Theodore Roethke constructs a scenario that readers can visualize and smell with ease, creating a poem that lingers in readers’ thoughts long after it is
I think that this is very effective, because he strongly conveys feelings of death, depression and He uses a lot of deathly imagery to describe the scenery, which makes me think of a very sombre, sad and gloomy scene. The sun is described as the ‘weakening eye of day’. This reminds me of the weakening eyes of someone dying. In the Victorian age, when this poem was written, they believed that the world would end by the sun going out, and maybe Hardy felt so much regret that he wanted the world to end. ‘Frost was spectre-gray’ describes a ghostly grey- a spectre is an apparition.