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Come on, Come back Revision Notes
Conflict is a never ending horror

Eternal barrier to happiness

War with no memory of situation

Loose ballad

Written in free verse

Stanza = part of the story

Ambiguous ideas throughout the poem

War = memories are lost and confusion occurs

Stevie Smith suggests…

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Form:

Line lengths have no pattern

Conservational dreaming

Rhyming is random and is unexpected ­ explains the unpredictability of war: makes the reader
confused

Structure:

Events are told in chronological order

The last three lines give a circular effect of the events of war

Each stanza ends in a full…

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"Stevie Smith therefore draws on the idea of great nations making decisions that affect the lives of
ordinary people in towns and villages across the world."



Attitudes, themes and ideas
"The meaning of this poem is difficult to understand. Is the poem moving towards something
positive, pastoral (shepherd playing a…

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