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Suicide in the Trenches

In the poem “Suicide in the Trenches” Siegfried Sassoon uses figurative language, descriptive detail, tone, structure and sound to create a powerful impression of the horror and wastage of war. War is viewed as a product of ignorance and it is equated with intense suffering and the destruction of all that is beautiful and innocent. Read More

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Belfast Confetti

Belfast Confetti is a poem written by a Northern Irish poet based upon the Irish troubles of the 1970’s. He describes dramatically the turmoil between catholic and protestant people and expresses his feeling towards the civil unrest and protests of the time. The poet uses the ironical title ‘Belfast Confetti’ for his work. Confetti is Read More

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Dulce et Decorum est

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a Read More

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Asleep

In the poem “Asleep”, Wilfred Owen links sleep to death. The one word title of the poem depicts a scene of soldiers dying quietly and slowly, It is ironic that the word has only two short syllables and is pronounced lightly without stressing any of them, actually suggests such a heavy, serious theme-death. The poem Read More

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The Show

In the poem “The Show”, Owen presents some of his feelings on war including disgust, the idea of futility and the general horror of being a soldier at that time. In this essay I will look at his use of language, imagery and form to present these feelings and compare and contrast this with some Read More

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When I grow old by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The first passage, “when I grow old”, is a poem written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in 1929. It describes how she will be living when she becomes an old woman, letting the reader know that she lived a “hurried life” and had many “busy days”, and tries to compensate those years by living in “wisdom” Read More

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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

This poem is set in a big, dirty city, and its speaker is a very unhappy man who Is afraid of living and therefore bored all the time. The epigraph of this poem is a six- line quotation from Canto 27 of the Inferno by the Renaissance Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The Interno tells the Read More

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Billy Elliot

The poem Is based on a strong father-son relationship which Is contrasted by the film Billy Elliot. In the poem, the Boy seeks ambition through his father whom he sees as God-like and a great encouragement. Analysis of follower by Seamus Heaney An analysis of “Follower” by Seamus Heaney “Follower” is a poem which relates Read More