March By Edward Thomas

Some Analysis of March by Edward Thomas.

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Subject Matter

·      Spring is coming.

·      Looking forward to brighter days.

·      Hopeful.

·      Time is a delaying factor; has to wait for the depressing time to be over.

Why is it called March?

·      End of winter; start of spring.

·      Soldiers marching; war.

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Stylistic Features

·      Personification- ‘mighty sun wept…’

·      Oxymoron- ‘cold burning’

·      Repetition- hail, mountains, primroses; to emphasise; to get back to original point.

·      Polysyndeton- use of many conjunctions.--> 'hoarse or sweet or fierce or soft'.

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·      Based on ‘in pursuit of spring’- a prose about a trip he was planning because it was dull and rainy and he longed for the spring in the countryside. He is melancholy about the fact that winter must die for it to be spring.

·      Metaphor for the march of time and soldiers.

·      His 3rd poem.

·      He wrote it because he was stuck at home in Hampshire from a sprained ankle.

·      He is in a state of indecision: whether to go to war, or America or nowhere.

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·      Written between November 1913 and January 1914.

·      Is really optimistic about spring and then says but the primroses have probably died- metaphor for the death of soldiers. (the war will end, but people will have died.

·      ‘Stained with all that hour’s songs’- silence is stained with the screams of people from the fire.

·      ‘was I aware of silence’- thinks the  war is calming down. It is only quiet because it is too cold. When it gets warm in spring again it will start up again.

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Compared with ‘the Darkling Thrush’ by Thomas Hardy

"what did the thrushes know?"- Reference to Thomas Hardy's poem, both of which have a pastoral theme and talk about a time on the cusp of change.


·      Written on the last day of the year (31st December 1900).

·      Gloomy, dark tone.

·      However the thrush represents optimism- contrast.

·      He can’t figure out why the Thrush is happy in such an unhappy world.

·      Originally called ‘The Centuries End’.

·      ‘aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small.’- despite the thrushes optimism, he still sees the bad.

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this is useful in giving a string of random concepts about the poem, but maybe next try adding like the purpose of the poem and analyse some quotes?



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