The lists also describe the emotional baggage each soldier carried, such as First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’s (the leader of the squad) love for a girl back home. O’Brien’s use of lists and the repetition gives the reader a good impression of the lifestyle of the soldiers in Vietnam without outwardly and directly saying so, subsequently giving him a stronger argument by allowing the reader to attain the understanding of the situation on their own. The lists O’Brien uses in the story give clarity to the setting of the emotional and physical setting the story takes place in. When one thinks of a list, the natural conclusion is a dull and repetitive page of words, possibly bulleted or in some other such order, but never really all that interesting to read. O’Brien uses this to his advantage to give the reader a true sense of what the experience in Vietnam was for the common soldier, while at the same time not describing it outright, which is something he says later in the story cannot be done in simple words.
This means he is described as fragile and precious because of his injuries, with his punctured lung described as delicate as “parachute silk”. These images show Laura’s tenderness for her husband and how she wants to protect him. Similarly, Scannel also chooses imagery of war for what is really only a minor childhood incident. He refers to the spears of the nettles, calling them a “regiment” and, when he has cut them down and they have grown back again, he refers to them as “tall recruits”. This war and battle imagery used in the poem helps the reader to understand deeper, about the metaphorical meaning of this poem; that it is not just about comforting his son from the pain of the nettles, but also about the future pain of which he knows he will experience in his life.
He, therefore, allows the reader to become further engaged with the text. In this essay I will hope to examine how structure, language and form assist in either making Apologia pro Poemate Meo more or less effective as a poem compared to that of Birdsong. In Apologia pro Poemate Meo, by Wilfred Owen, Owen is apologising to the soldiers who he did not realise he needed till the end. Yet, at the same time he is thanking them for their bravery. Alternatively he tries to portray to readers the feeling of lost emotions, which the soldiers sense at the war front with other soldiers (or ‘brothers’).
“rain had called up tall recruits behind the shed,” this quote shows the father cannot destroy them .They differ in the way they felt powerless however as in Nettles the father is feeling powerless because of a physical threat whereas in Harmonium it is an emotional threat of the inevibility of death and unspoken feelings that makes the writer feel powerless. Furthermore they both include the reality of family life as the poems are realistic and the poems, especially Nettles, have both the love and misery of family relationships. In Nettles the love in the poem is the protective instincts of a parent towards his son but the misery is the Nettles that had hurt his child and the fact that being protective isn’t enough to stop him from getting hurt. The realistic relationship in Harmonium is the family resentment and frustration from a son to his father. We can tell that the writer resents and is frustrated by his father as it says “and he being him can’t help but say.......... and I, being me” which shows that he is frustrated at their relationship.
It seems like an odd conversation but the men were using whatever they could to get their minds off of the war. “Gentlemen your Verdict” is about a commander in a war who gets placed himself in a tricky situation he has to choose between morals and saving lives. “War” reminds me of while the war was happening, the families are morning their loses and “G.Y.V” is more after the war since it’s a flashback. I compared these because for me they are connected into one story. The two stories were written at different times “War” was based in 1914 but wasn’t published until
"Owen's war poem do not always deal with the horrors of the battlefield but with life before and after the fighting." With close reference to at least two of poems explore this aspect of his poetry. Wilfred Owen's poems Disabled and Wild With All Regrets both deal with the aspect of life before and after the fighting. These aspects are presented differently with different themes, where Disabled highlights the physical impacts of war and what one misses out on such as due to them such as sex and love. Wild With All Regrets showcases the friendship and camaraderie between soldiers though the poem is about a soldier on his deathbed saying goodbye to a friend.
This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true. In this essay I will analyze this poem and reveal the realities of war through a variety of writing techniques. I will also give my personal opinion on the poem and how it is written. The poem is split into two parts, one part contains eight lines and the second part contains six lines. In the first eight lines (octet) a question is asked in the first line and answered in the remaining seven lines.
Themes in The Things They Carried Chapter 1-”The Things They Carried” In the first chapter of The Things They Carried, O’Brien creates a feeling of each characters emotional weights and burdens through the use of the physical objects they carried through the war. Chapter 2-”Love” O’Brien uses the various connotations of love as the title to show Cross’s mixed feeling toward Martha, and his expectations of how she would act when he returned, compared to reality. Chapter 3-”Spin” By sharing these various anecdotes from the war of different characters, O’Brien comments on how the war time experience is very disconnected, and how one moment one can be laughing with their comrades and the next be being shot at, without even realizing what’s happening. Chapter 4-”On The Rainy River” Through sharing his struggles upon the subject of weather or not to join the war, O’Brien shows us how the decision to go fight for one’s country can cause great emotional wear. Chapter 5-”Enemies” In this chapter, O’Brien shows that men can often get far too worked up about small things being lost, and the grudges are often kept for quite a long time.
Then she remembers audience about lost habit of letter writing in this digital age. She decided that she is going to leave her son the legacy of handwriting by leaving something that is related to letters. Before sharing few letters that her father wrote for her, she says, “The same letter that touched his hand, is now in mine”. Letter forms a physical connection between two people, no matter how much time or distance has gone by - it can even bridge a gap between the living and the dead. She says she is emotionally connected with the letters and whenever she reads the letters she remembers her father talking to him.
But the article is also affecting the family as well, because they need to mentally recover the family member, which can be very physical and emotional hard to do. Ryan and his family is sure that war is a bad thing, and encourage the government to stop assigning people, to fight for the country, in military interventions. The third and last text is an Internet review of the book “The Making of a Marine Officer” by Joel Pitney. The text is focusing on all the good things the military brings, witch people according to Joel Pitney, have forgotten about. Lieutenant Fick, the author of the book “One bullet away: the making of a good officer”, has been to war, and thinks that the most important thing about the military is, that the war and the training before the war are teaching you about honor, courage, brotherhood and commitment.