Themes in Conflict Poems for GCSE Anthology

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  • Themes
    • Reality of Battles
      • Charge of the Light Brigade
        • "Storm'd at with shot and shell"
        • Chaos, noise and anger are all vivid
          • "Jaws of death"
      • Bayonet Charge
        • "His terrors touchy dynamite"
        • "suddenly"
        • "Patriotic fear that HAD brimmed in his eye"
      • Mametz Wood
        • ""A chit of bone..."
        • "The boots  outlasted them"
        • "the relic of a finger"
      • Belfast Confetti
        • "Suddenly"
        • "A burst of rapid fire"
        • The poem has a rather rapid speed
    • Patriotism
      • Next to of Course God America I
        • "Heroic happy dead"
        • "Ohh say can you see"
        • "Thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry"
      • Flag
        • "Brings a nation to its knees"
        • "Makes the guts of men grow bold"
        • "Blind your conscious to the end"
      • Charge of the Light Brigade
        • "When can their glory fade"
        • "Theirs not to make reply..."
    • Individual Experiences
      • Poppies
        • "i was brave"
        • Breaks down as the poem progresses
        • Looks back on the past for comfort
      • At the Border
        • Sense of confusion about the idea of "home"
    • Divided Society
      • Belfast Confetti
        • The obstructions of the "stops and colons"
      • At the Border
        • Artificial border
          • But it means so much
    • Nature
      • Bayonet Charge
        • "Towards the green hedge"
        • Artificial activities happening in a natural setting
      • Mametz Wood
        • "Earth stands sentinel"
        • "Broken birds egg of a skull"
        • "Tended the land back into itself"
      • The Falling Leaves
        • "snowflakes wiping out the noon"
        • Leaves aren't falling naturally - "No wind willed them"
      • Hawk Roosting
        • Hawks have controlling nature
        • Violence in a natural setting
          • "I hold creation in my foot"
    • Sadness and Loss
      • Poppies
        • "slowly melting"
        • "Your playground voice catching on the wind
        • Very maternal
      • Futility
        • Use of rhetorical questions to show fustration
        • Show their anger in loss - "cold star"
        • "Gently" "Whispering" - show they still care
      • Falling Leaves
        • "They fell like snowflakes"
        • "Dropping from their tree"
        • "Beauty strewed"
      • Come On, Come Back
        • "has left her just alive"
        • The loss of her memory weakens the effect of taking her own life
        • "Icy amorous embrace"
    • Death
      • Mametz Wood
        • Reflects on the lasting effect that death can have
        • "China plate of a shoulder"
      • Come On, Come Back
        • Its as though she's dead before she ended her life
        • "Only her memory is dead forevermore"
      • Hawk Roosting
        • Glorifies death
        • "Perfect kills and eat"
    • Conflict - Causes
      • Next to of Course God America I
      • Flag
        • "blind your conscious to the end"
        • "Dares the coward to relent"
        • People are easily influenced by "just a flag"
      • Yellow Palm
        • Religion can be a cause
        • "Golden mosque"
        • "Blood on the walls"
    • Helplessness
      • Belfast Confetti
        • "Narrator struggles to cope with a situation beyond his control
        • "Know this labyrinth so well"
      • Futility
        • Getting frustrated at the sun because there's nothing that they can do
        • "Fatuous sunbeams"
      • Out of the Blue
        • "Small in the clouds"
        • Does anybody see a soul worth saving?"
  • At the Border
    • Sense of confusion about the idea of "home"

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