The Battle Of Blenheim - Robert Southy.
After Blenheim is a poem that illustrates the pointlessness of war. Written 94 years after the Battle of Blenheim at the war ground, it is the aftermath of war. It tells the story of an old man and his grandchildren. Old Kasper is sitting outside his cottage when his grandson Peterkin finds a skull. Old Kasper begins to tell the Peterkin and his sister about the Battle of Blenheim that once took place there. In each verse Old Kasper explains a violent scene of bloodshed and death:
Brutality of War
Rhyming - ABCBDD
Structure - 6 lines, 11 verses.
A closed form - Structured
Skull" is one of the most essential parts of the body and makes the reader recognise that the skull was once a part of a human body which emphasizes the pointlessness of war.
"Famous victory" - Repetition on each last line of every verse. Even though it is implying that it was a victory, i think it actually infers the opposite and is infering that that is all the father knows about war and it wasnt a great victor att all. Irony. This is an allerogy.
"Wonder waiting" alliteration
"He was forced to fly" metaphor
"Now tell us about the war and what they fought each other for" flashback
"Lay rotting in the Sun, It was a summer evening" Irony as personification is usually used.
Come Up The Fields Father by Walt Whitman
The author, was a wound dresser working in hospitals during the civil war between the north and south of America.
Themes: Brutality of War
Structure: Free structure
Either 5 or 9 lines, 11 verses
""Smell you the smell of the grapes on the vines" Sensory Language
"Smell you the buckwheat where the bees were lately buzzing?" Rhetorical Question
"The only son is dead" Short sentences
"Weeping, Waking, Longing" Assosance
"To Follow, To be, To seek" Reptition.
The Charge Of The Light Brigade - Alfred Tennyson
A poem about a head commander who made a big mistake in war but as members of the army they had to follow orders knowing they were going to die
Themes: Brutality Of War
Structure: 8 line verse apart from 2 that are 3 and 6, 7 in total
Rhyming: No prominent rhyme
Freely structured to a certain extent.
"Rode the Six-Hundred" Repition
"Stormed and Shot and Shell" Alliteration
"Sabre-Stroke, Shattered and shundered" Alliteration
"When can their glory fade?" Rhetorical Question
"Came through the Jaws of death" Metaphor
"Into the Mouth of Hell" Metaphor
A wife in London by Thomas Hardy
A poem about a woman nervously waiting for the news of her husband fighting in South Africa
Suffering of Those left Behind
Structure: 4 Verses, 5 lines a verse
Rhyming: ABBAB varies
Free structure to a certain extent
"Thames-side lanes have urolled" Metaphor
"The street lamps glimmer cold" Personification
"A messengers knock cracks smartly" Metaphor
"Flashed news in her hand" Metaphor
"Firelight Flicker" Alliteration
"Fog hangs thicker" Personification
War by Edgar Wallace
About the first hand experience of dealing with the suffering of the war as he wa a medical orderly.
Themes: The suffering
Pointlessness of war
Structure: 3 Verses, 12 lines a verse
A closed form
"And its War." Repition
"A mutter of guns at the front" Metaphor
"Limp, mangled work of a gun" Metaphor
"Flickering light of a soul" Metaphor
"Bluer and Bluer" Hyperbole, Alliteration and Repition
"A trickle of what?" Rhetorical Question
"Face has turned grey" Metaphor
Dirge of the Dead sisters by Rudyar Kipling
For the Nurses who died in the South African War.
Structure: 3 Verse, 6 Lines Each
Rhyming: Some rhyming couplets
Fairly closed form
"Crystal Evening Air" Metaphor
"Who recalls the noontideand the funerals through the market" Rhetorical Question
"Stench, Staleness" Sensory Language
The Hyenas by Rudyard Kipling
A poem about hyenas and about how these scavngers dig up and eat the buried bodies of soilders.
Pity of War
Structure: 7 Verses, 4 lines each
"Baffled kites" Metaphor
"They know the dead are safer meat than the weakest thing alive" Comparitive language
"Whoop and Halloo" Onomatepia
"Our" Possesive Pronouns