Making Connections #2 When you think about war, you’re first thought is that you probably wouldn’t be reading them in poems but interestingly enough these poems had a lot to share, both for the individual soldiers and for the nations that enter the wars. There are many reasons why wars are started, like religion, freedom, peace but unfortunately more often for the main purpose for the rich man with his corporations and government backing him up. But as you read the poems you start to realize that these soldiers in the stories really don’t have much a clue why they are killing other soldiers just like them, and what the reason is. They begin recognizing that they had no actual sense of what they were signing up for as they were entering this place called, “war.” In the poem, “The Man He Killed” the speaker shares about a time when way back when he shot a man while he was at war, and after the realization of him figuring out that he actually killed the man he begins thinking about what happens if he had met him at a bar instead of at war, he assumes that they probably would’ve been buddies and would’ve had an awesome time together. As the speaker tries to explain the reasoning behind him killing the guy he realizes he only did it because he was his “enemy” and was wearing the enemy’s uniform and which then he understands that he never had a good reason for killing him, the man had never done anything wrong to him personally, in fact, he was a complete stranger. Yet another day during World War I in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and for the speaker you can tell doesn’t have that much recollection of what life used to be like since he’s been at war. Every soldier there are not only physically exhausted but also mentally drained from the constant war fever. But that’s only the beginning one night as the men were heading home, gas begins covering all around them. As the soldiers scramble for their masks in time to save themselves from suffocating not all them were that fortunate and many soldiers were left stumbling around not able to reach their masks in time. After awhile the speaker still keeps thinking about how he watched one of his men die hopelessly, and the speaker can't do anything to help the dying soldier. Which upsets him because back in English they are telling the children they’re that “it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country” and he can’t process why they are still corrupted the children for this terrible place called war. He knows that if the civilians back home saw what was really happening they would change their minds, just like he did and come to the conclusion there is no good reason for death, or war. In the poem, “Rich Man’s War” there’s a soldier named Jimmy who enlisted because he couldn’t seem to find a job anywhere. Jimmy has no other choice because he had a family back home to take care of. (“Left behind a pretty young wife and a baby girl/A stack of overdue bills and went off to save the world”) but in reality being a solider doesn’t do much for him because he still has his car taken away, and he’s fighting a rich’s man war, meaning there’s no true meaningful reason behind the…
13 February 2015
In his poem, “Curiosity,” Reid uses juxtaposition to compare the two extremes presented in the poem, drastic shift in tone, and a paradox describing true living to demonstrate that life shouldn’t be wasted being conservative, but rather spent being open to new and untested undertakings.
Reid uses juxtaposition to compare the two extremes presented in the poem. The rivalry between the cat and the dog is as old as time, and is used as…
writing assignment. In the assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of the tenets of modernist literature by rewriting a Romantic poem in a way that incorporates typically modernist qualities in terms of language, style, literary elements, and themes. The assignment is broken down into four parts. DUE DATE: APRIL 21, 2015
Part 1: Choose a Romantic Poem
Romantic literature champions the beauty of the world and the inherent goodness of human beings, and Romantic verse is highly structured…
Dreams by Langston Hughes is a great poem. It is very short but it also has meaning to it. It amazes me how this man can write a poem in less than 9 lines and still have the ferociousness as the greatest writers did back when they were alive. Dreams has different poetic devices used throughout the poem such as, imagery and metaphors. This is the poem.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren…
Wilfred Owen conveys ideas about war and youth in the poem, “The Next War”?
Wilfred Owen a renowned WW1 poet and also dignified soldier projects a vector depicting the piteous nature of war. This is represented in the poem, “The Next War”. Owen’s notion coveys his vitriolic censure of the nobility of war and criticizes the advent of war. Owen explores the concepts of the perpetual nature of war and the complacency of soldiers toward death. By highlighting how war has had various implications on soldiers…
of conflict in a story; there is internal conflict and external conflict. Internal conflict in a story is when a character struggles with one’s self. An example of internal conflict that is in a short story is in the short story “How to Tell a True War Story” when Rat struggles with his emotions over the loss of his best friend and the anger Rat had inside him (O'Brien, 1987). External conflict is when the conflict that a character experiences that comes from another source. An example of external…
Analysis of “Alone”
Edgar Allan Poe's poem “Alone” is a stunning deception of the inward depression its author felt, it was written in 1829; making it one of the first of Poe's poems. Themes of loneliness and isolation come through the poem as Poe is successful in conveying a sense of heaviness in mood and attitude. The prosody of the poem helps effectively express the darkness within Poe, while maintaining a dark and heavy rhythm. The symbolism he included…
Period 6 Tessein
Adieu to Peace
Comparably, the repercussions of war and genocide are vile as captured in Sophal Leng
Stagg’s “Hear Me Now” and Ernest Hemingway’s
Farewell to Arms
. Stagg bases the poem on
her personal reflection of the Cambodian genocide. The Cambodian genocide is the ramification
of the communist group, Khmer Rouge attempting to “reconstruct” Cambodia. The group’s
leaders, Angkar were angered due to the industrial growth in Cambodia which was surpassing…
I ask grandpa
Why is your face so wrinkly?
Mom hushes me
With arrows from her eyes.
Grandpa hushes her
raises my hand to his forehead
you write poems with pencil on paper
I write poems with years on my face
His hand over mine
Grandpa reads his forehead like braille –
My parents were poor but happy
He reads his cheeks –
The war years made me a man
He reads his chin –
I will always love grandma
I touch the corners of his eyes
and read every smile, every joke
as lines of poems
In Thomas Hardy’s “The Man He Killed” the speaker lets the readers know his thoughts on war. The poem makes us question whether or not we are all equal inside. Is war a necessity for our survival, or are we just doing it because our country tells us to? Only the soldiers who have experienced war first hand can tell and this is Thomas Hardy’s story.
To begin with, in the first stanza of the poem the speaker mentions “we should have sat us down to wet/ Right many a nipperkin” (3-4)! Which in…
The Representative Poem
ENG/ 306 Poetry and Society
February 4, 2013
The Representative Poem
The nineteenth century is known as the Victorian Era and it is famous for its improvement of information, growth of an empire and enlargement of the economy. The era had a vibrant spirit of events. During this era Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the well-known poem “Ulyssses” and it represented how he felt at the time. This poem reveals the determined spirit…