Sigfried Sassoon Essay - Survivors, Ect.

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Friends, Classmates, Fellow literary critics… Today, I am here to stress my knowledge on how the composer’s Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke have effectively conveyed their thoughts and feelings on war using themes, issues and techniques. Siegfried Sassoon chose to convey the theme of the outcomes war has had in those who survived (hence the name survivors) and how the process of war has aged them prematurely and darkened there spirits. The poem ‘survivors’ is a clever and well structured poem, Sassoon incorporates many techniques to emphasise and illuminate his main theme . Siegfried Sassoon uses primarily literal language; he rarely speaks metaphorically or figuratively thus the reason why we don’t see a frequency in metaphors, similes or imagery throughout the poem. He evokes a very bitter outraged mood in the reader, he’s thoughts and feelings produce anger and spite. Because of his negative outlook on war, Sassoon purposely creates a tone that is very synical, sarcastic, satiric and contumely. He makes it quite clear when he wants the tone to be slow by using polysyllabic syllables and when he wants it to read fast paced by using monosyllabic syllables. The effect of this is to accentuate and lengthen certain words for example the use of the word longing in the phrase “longing to go out again” because of the long ‘l’ consonant and long ‘o’ vowel the word is extended. Sassoon has used the rhyming of similar vowels that have different consonants. This is called an “assonant rhyme.” He uses an A-B-A-B, A-B-A-B, C-C scheme; we notice that when paying close attention to the rhyming words, for example: “mad/glad.” The juxtaposition of the high points and the low points of war is communicated through the contradictory words he uses.” It shows his altering mood toward war. A common repetition of the word they or they’re has been extended throughout
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