Presentation of In Flanders Fields – script Essay

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Presentation of In Flanders Fields – script

Our presentation is on In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John
McCrae.

There is an irregular rhyme scheme = aabba

aabc

aabbac

Almost all lines are 8 syllables long

The rhythm sounds like that of a nursery rhyme – there is an iambic
pentameter with a very regular line length and rhyme scheme. This is
in great contrast to the actual words all about death and war.

* Line 1 – ‘In Flanders Fields the poppies blow’ presents a nice
natural image of poppies swaying in the breeze.

* Line 2 – ‘Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place…’ ‘row on row’ signifies the enormous number of
graves, as it is not a definite, but an infinite number of crosses.
We all know
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This is surprising because the
1st stanza was all imagery and symbolism and this is very different.
The statement is short, and abrupt, which makes it sound bitter.

· It is quite a shock because not many poems are written from this
point of view and a lot of people don’t like to think about it at all.

· This abruptness perhaps symbolises the fact that nothing can be done
to change this fact, as it is just that: a fact.

· ‘Dead’ is capitalised, as though the poet is referring to all those
who died as one collective person. People not in the war would
probably refer to them like this, anonymously.

* Line 1 – ‘Short days ago’ this brings home the suddenness of death
in war.

* Line 2– ‘We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow…’ this helps the
reader to identify with the dead. It contrasts with the previous
capitalisation of ‘Dead’ because it is reminds the reader of how these
soldiers were all real people, who had feelings and watched sunsets.

· Sunsets are beautiful things very unlike the war. They appear to be
an eternal cycle, which is very different to these peoples’ lives, and
reminds us of our mortality.

* Line 3 – ‘Loved and were loved, and now we lie…’ ‘loved and were
loved’ shows that the dead soldiers cared about people who cared about
them, but it is in the past tense. This makes it sound as if now they
are dead no-one cares about them. They are forgotten, which makes the
next line…

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