The Horses by Edwin Muir Essay

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The Horses by Edwin Muir The Poem that I am going to talk about in this essay is "The Horses" by Edwin Muir. In this essay I am going to talk about the poems use of language to convey a picture, the theme of the poem and how the poem has affected me. On the first few lines of the poem, the word choice is crucial, the poet uses the phrase "Barely a twelvemonth after", the word twelvemonth is an old word and this conveys one of the poems main reoccurring images of time.…show more content…
I believe that this is an extremely good image to use and it paints the picture of the fear that the people had during the war. This makes me feel the image of war is more real, the seriousness of war comes to life in this poem, that the people in wartime really do get hurt. On lines seven and eight it talks about that the radios failed, and their was no answer, that means that everyone had been destroyed but notice that the poet left out the horrific images of the bombs dropping, the poet uses an euphemism, he doesn't say that the bombs have dropped but his use of language puts that forward. The radio is an universal form of communication and when that is the bottom line of communication finished, then we all know that all the civilisation has been destroyed. There is no one there. On line ten it talks about dead bodies piled on the ship, this is a symbol of destruction and this shows the view that all war is horrific, the

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