Critical Analysis Tom Lux. Example of an A analysis essay. Tom Lux’s “The People of the Other Village” was written shortly after the first Iraq war and gained popularity after the 9/11 attacks. The poem’s voice comes from an indifferent narrator whose unnamed village is at war with the people of an “other” unnamed village. The exact reason that started this war is unclear; however, as the war escalates, the battle tactics evolve and are depicted in an alternating line structure that mimics the back and forth nature of reciprocal violence. Ultimately, the author presents a poem that comments on human nature without committing to a judgment of that nature through subject matter, structure, and narrative voice.
Loving relationships are presented in the two poems. The wife in 'The Manhunt' helps her husband to come close to her again, whilst the father in 'Nettles' unhappily realises he can't protect his son from life, no matter how hard he tries. Both poems use the same semantic fields. War and pain are expressed in both poems. The words ‘regiment’, ‘recruits’, ‘bullet’, and ‘parachute silk’, all relate to war whilst the words ‘tender’, ‘blisters’, ‘blown...jaw’, ‘fractured...shoulder blade’ and ‘broken ribs’ all relate to pain. In both poems the relationships are both shown as being damaged by a war, whether it be emotional or physical, which has destroyed the two relationships. In Conclusion, both poems present vulnerability in relationships, not only is the person in pain vulnerable but the partner is also, due to an uncontrollable desire to help. This has been shown through their partners account of pain and through war
All of these dualities in his poetry, his art, can be linked to his biography. The tense social and political atmosphere he was raised in, the local verses and scholarly education he received, the emotional fluctuations caused by IRA bombings and peace protests all contribute to the “splitness” in his poetry.
Para-rhymes, in Owen’s poetry, generate a sense of incompleteness while creating a pessimistic, gloomy effect to give an impression of sombreness. Strong rhyming schemes are often interrupted unexpectedly with a para-rhyme to incorporate doubt to every aspect of this Great War. Who are the real villains and why are hundreds of thousands of lives being wasted in a war with no meaning? In ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, the consistent sonnet rhyming scheme is disturbed by a half rhyme, “guns … orisons”, to show how the soldiers all died alone with only the weapons that killed them by their side, and a visual rhyme, “all … pall” to indicate that the reality of war is entirely the opposite to what it seems - no glory, no joy and no heroism, but only death and destruction. Owen occasionally works with this technique in a reverse approach to create similar thought. For instance, the assonance, consonance and half rhyme based poem, ‘The Last Laugh’, contains an unforeseen full rhyme, “moaned … groaned”, to emphasise that nothing is ever fixed in war except the ghastly fact that the weapons are the true winners. Different forms of Para rhymes often work together with common schemes to ably bring out the main ideas of Owen’s poetry.
In this free-verse war poem, the idea of 'journey' extends itself to cover both the physical and emotional aspects of the subject matter of the poem. Repetition and word
The two poems today are To Sir John Lade, on His Coming of Age, by Samuel Johnson, and When I Was One-and-Twenty, by A.E. Housman.The two poems presented talk about two young men who are 21 years old. They both talk about money but in two profoundly different ways. The first
Compare how poets use language to present feelings in “The Manhunt” and one other poem (Nettles) In ‘Manhunt’, Simon Armitage uses rhyme to reflect the togetherness of a relationship. He says “After the first phase, after passionate nights and intimate days.” As the poem goes on, the reader can start to
Imagery techniques in this poem consist of key words, an example is “They’re rolling them out of the deep-freeze locker on the tarmac” this gives the readers an image of dead bodies being rolled out of an aeroplane onto the runway. By using a visual approach in the poem, the poet can better express his feelings on war to the reader(s).
Love from a Father Everyone has a father. No matter if the father is present in a child’s life or not, he still exists and takes that role. A father has a major impact on his child whether he knows it or not, and that impact and example shapes the child’s
In the poem ‘Glasgow 5th March 1971 the poet Edwin Morgan contributes to the atmosphere of the poem by using several language techniques such as imagery ,metaphors and onomatopoeia.Which all follow the technique of instamatic poetry.The poem is a very dramatic visual poem that tells the story of one of the many crimes that took place in Glasgow,during the 1970’s, in this case the pem centres around the two youths,that push a couple into a jewellery shop window,to then carry out theft.
The words are chosen to provide pictures that contribute to the overall understanding of the gunner’s quick transition from life to death. The first example of this imagery occurs in line one with the third word of the poem, mother. This first picture shapes the entirety of the rest of the poem. Mothers are associated with life givers and protectors, so the image of a mother contrasts the brutality and violence that follows in lines two through four. It also provides the idea of being inside a metaphorical womb for line two; only, this womb is much less cozy and safe than that of a mother’s. The figurative womb that the bomber is in is indifferent towards the gunner and under perilous attack from “nightmare fighters” (4). The mother imagery also gives meaning to line five when it speaks of being washed out of the figurative womb with a hose. The poem is conveying the message that sending young people to fight a war is comparable to an abortion in that it ends life before giving a person a chance to really live. The life had come with hopes and ambitions, but he never had the opportunity to see them through. He did not get a life. After the gunner dies, he is discarded like an unwanted baby. The poem also produces an image of helpless newborn animals by choosing to describe fur in line two. This establishes an emotional appeal to readers’ pity as they visualize such a
“Compare and contrast “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke with “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen with regard to theme, tone, imagery, diction, metre, etc” The Soldier by Rupert Brooke, and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen are two poems which were written during the First World War, and
Ciaran Carson shows the anger and riot of 'The Troubles' right from the beginning, by using an ironical title. "Confetti" is usually associated with celebrations such as weddings, being soft, colourful fancy bits of paper thrown over people as a celebration. However, in this poem it refers to random pieces of scrap metal, "Nuts, bolts, nails car keys" which symbolises the opposition within the shattered nation. It's also because they were added o bombs for more injury and destruction when "nuts" and "bolts" are actually for holding things together. This would make the title more ironic and a euphemism as well, as confetti is a much more mild word than the ones it is replacing, which is the wreckage that has been the only thing left after the explosion.
Literature and poetry are a reflection of society. The words are reflected in numerous feelings that we can almost touch and can be deeply felt in its reach. Most poets expressed their perception and emotion through their writings. Unfortunately the art and poetry describes one of the worst things that human can do to one another. The legalized murder called "war." Hence, this type of self-reflection called "poetry" has help create new fundamental ideas and values towards our society. In this essay, I will discuss the issue of the "War Poetry" during the "Great War" along with comparing and contrasting two talented renowned poets; Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) and Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).
How is the theme of war portrayed through imagery in the poems Lament by Gillian Clarke and War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy?