Edward Thomas Poems

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  • Edward Thomas Poems
    • March
      • The title is ambiguous: march as in a walk (relates to the war context); March as in the month (relates to the type of year)
      • 'SPRING' is a metaphor. It suggests a new start for Thomas. the idea it'll 'come again' suggests he has had happiness before, he sounds optimistic about new start and he has patience, 'perhaps tomorrow' < literally waiting
      • 'cold burning': oxymoron reflects Thomas' behavior/ harsh image
      • Lexis of Nature: SPRING - happiness and peace WINTER - war (in reality and with himself)
      • Harsh words for winter gives harsh connotation:makes it sound impossible to overcome
      • repetition 'I knew' suggests he remembers what warmth felt like and he knows it will come again but he is not sure when
      • The season reflects his mood: like spring, his happiness is 'lost' in the 'mountain chill'
      • PERSONIFICATION: 'the wind was lost': suggests spring has lost it's way
      • SIBILANCE - creates soothing sounds/grounds him/ reminds him it'll come and he most be patient
    • Old Man
      • BLANK VERSE - relates to his scattered memories
      • SENSORY IMAGERY: 'feathery herb' can experience the language
      • 'half perplex' questions whether the name really gives justice to the memory of the object
      • situates children close to the threshold of his vision more than adults > child like actions 'snipping the tips'
      • SHARED LINE IAMBIC PENTAMETER - considering what she thinks and what he thinks now
      • Last stanza - paradox - repeated negs- inability to remember and perlexing
      • "ghost of stanza structure"  natural connotations, reflects nature has no structure
      • EVALUATES THE FITNESS OF LANGUAGE SUGGESTS IT LACKS AND DOESN'T DO JUSTICE FOR IT'S ASSOCIATES
    • Tears
      • Metaphors: sutely express his emotion to disguse true feelings allowing him to be emotional
      • 'Tears' : his tears have been used up in grief/ they are his 'ghosts''
      • Imagery
        • iconic British setting 'BLOOMING MEADOW' reminds reader of what they are fighting for
        • 'GREAT DRAGON' loss metaphor to suggests the soldiers are protectors of the land going to slay the dragon// patriotic
      • PARADOX: Thomas is leading into the unknown.. he doesn't know what's going to hAPPEN
      • 'rage of gladness' EAGERNESS TO FIGHT
      • strange solitude: ALLITERATION/ SIBLIANCE - gives a calm atmosphere, false sense of security / solider's naivety  >> 'charms' of war
      • war references
    • But These Things Also
      • PERSONIFICATIOn
        • Winter: 'debts' what spring as to recover from/ can't escape it
        • Spring: lists the objects that belong to Spring
      • Enjambment - run of line, no punctuation - reflection of the blurred lines between Winter and Spring/ reflects how long winter seems to be
      • 4 stanzas, 4 seasons
      • 'Spring's here . winter's not gone'  reflects bipolar mood/ finding signs of spring won't keep winter at bay
      • JUXTAPOSITION/ OXYMORON - glaring opposites in natural phenomena
      • 'Greyer now' suggests the long wai and the recovery
      • The Sun Used to Shine
    • Melancholy
      • 'rain + wind' / reflects oppression - repetition
      • Natural Imagery
        • 'summer storms'
          • reflects mood and confusion - bipolar - endless/ never stops
        • Symbols of season change - violent images
          • whatever he decides - nature will continue
        • Tricolon
          • Oppression
        • manic behavior - 'raved endlessly'
      • 6 rhyming couplet reflection of the repetition of his thoughts
      • He 'fears' the company of others more than being alone. 'too' emphases this - 'oo' sound makes it seem unbearable and exaggerated
      • he doesn't know whether to enlist or not
      • Doesn't know whether to enlist or not - either way he is doomed
    • The Glory
      • Double Sonnet
        • Context: suggests you have to make the ultimate sacrifice to become gloried spiritually/ he is now stuck in purgatory
      • Needs to be complete and questions whether he should look towards death
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      • Semantic field of religion - connotations of innocence and puriety
      • rhyming scheme is random - scattered like his thoughts emphaises his confusuion
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