Exposure

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  • Exposure
    • Form
      • First person plural
      • Present tense
      • Monotonous rhyme
      • Half-rhyme
    • Structure
      • Eight stanzas, no progression
      • Half-line at end of each stanza
      • First and last stanzas end the same way
    • Context
      • Was in World War II and wrote poems about truth of life on front line for soldiers
      • Contradicted glorified image of war
    • Quotes
      • "Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us..."
      • "Doors and shutters, all closed: on us the doors are closed"
      • "Since we believe not otherwise can kind fires burn...For God's invincible spring our love is made afraid"
      • "But nothing happens"
      • "Pale flakes with ********* stealth come feeling for our faces"
      • "Sudden successive bullets streak the silence. Less deadly than the air that shudders back with snow"
      • "the flickering gunnery rumbles/Far off, like a dull rumour of some other war"
      • "What are we doing here?"
      • "Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army"
      • "All their eyes are ice"
      • "Shrivelling many hands, puckering foreheads crisp"

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