Opening Lines Revison Cards

Notes from poems.

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Recruiting by E. A. Mackintosh

  • Propoganda and reality of war. Shows descriptions of what the propoganda really should say.
  • Young naive "Lads".
  • The author gives his view of what the propoganda should say about the reality of war.
  • The author shows his anger about the propoganda. "the blasted journalists" (metaphor).
  • Describes the "fat civilians" who could have been the ones who made the propoganda.
  • First line sounds like it has been taken from an advertisment.
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Joining the Colours by Katherine Tynan Hinkson

  • Author- woman.
  • Joining the colours- joining the army.
  • Young, naive "boys".
  • Describes that they are going to die "they shall kiss no more"
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The Target by Ivor Gurney

  • Simple matter of fact tone.
  • No emotive words- trying to create a simple mood and tone.
  • Lack of imagery.
  • Sounds like an every day person speaking.
  • Simple structure.
  • "My mother, she can't sleep for fear"- run on line (enjambment).
  • "worst is worst, and worry's done"- alliteration.
  • "I shot him"- personal
  • Simple rhythm.
  • 4 line verses- quatrain.
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The Send-Off by Wilfred Owen

  • "Darkening lanes"- imagery.
  • "Grimly gay"- metaphor.
  • "Dull porters"- not showing any emotion.
  • Triplets.
  • End words rhyme.
  • "In wild train-loads?- metaphor and rhetorical question.
  • Scary words- "creep"- what is to come.
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Spring Offensive by Wilfred Owen

  • Contrast- spring is new life and they are about to die.
  • Different moods in each scene.
  • "Clung to them like sorrowing arms"- reminds us of their famillies- sympathy and fear.
  • Run on lines (enjambment)
  • Line 28- build in pace and excitement for what is to come.
  • "oozed"- onomatopoeia (relaxed pastoral picture)- contrast.
  • "Some say God"- the author doesn't know whether he believes in God any more.
  • Line 43- looking back.
  • alliteration.
  • Line 46- rhetorical question.
  • Use of powerful emotive words.
  • Assonance (extended use of vowel sounds).
  • Contrast with nature.
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The Bohemians by Ivor Gurney

  • Bohemians- rebellious
  • Simple structure.
  • One long sentence.
  • Fight together, die alone.
  • Enjambment (run on line)
  • One stanza.
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Lamentations by Siegfried Sassoon

  • Author fought in WW1.
  • "I found him"- personal.
  • "howled and beat his chest"- imagery (animal out of control).
  • "patriotic feeling"- not proud of their country anymore- implies criticism (ambiguous).
  • Emotive words.
  • Alliteration.
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The Deserter by Winifred M. Letts

  • Author- woman.
  • "German"- personification- fear is the enimy.
  • Repition of "death".
  • Anger.
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The Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

  • Bitter tone.
  • Ironic.
  • Sympathy.
  • Mother proud but sad.
  • Officer has lack of respect.
  • Sympathy for mother.
  • "weak eyes"- presentation of the mother.
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The Falling Leaves by Margaret Postgate Cole

  • Author- woman.
  • "Brown leaves"- dead.
  • One sentence.
  • Enjambment.
  • "Thickly"- lots of them (soldiers).
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In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

  • Soldiers- "bravery".
  • Makes you think of the amout of people that died.
  • Second stanza- positive.
  • Summary of a life.
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The Seed Merchant's Son by Agnes Gronzier Herberts

  • Seed represents new life- contrast.
  • Triplets.
  • "Dreams"- immaturity/naivety- emphasises how young the son was.
  • Contrast between old and young.
  • Rhetorical question.
  • Author- woman- sensative.
  • Point of view of the seed merchant.
  • He thought that lfe was over but realises that it is not when he looks at the seed.
  • Like a whole life has passed during the poem.
  • Optimistic.
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The Parable of the Old Man and the Young by Wilfre

  • First stanza- original parable.
  • Second stanza- new version.
  • Choosing pride over life.
  • "Seed"- young people.
  • Personification of the Ram.
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Spring in War-Time by Edith Nesbit

  • Hope.
  • Spring- new life.
  • Reflective poem.
  • Quatrain (4 line).
  • Lines linked through rhyme.
  • Contrast.
  • Regretful.
  • "Clay"- grave- reminder that he is dead.
  • "Not yet have the daisies grown"- things will get better.
  • Lost opportunities.
  • Symbolic of sadness.
  • Simple rhyme- naieve.
  • Reflects the simple loving feelings.
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Prehaps by Vera Brittain

  • Uncertain.
  • Hope.
  • Iambic rhythm.
  • Steady pace.
  • Different seasons.
  • Contrast.
  • Author- woman.
  • Alliteration- creates scene.
  • "You"- like his name because of th capital.
  • "I"- personal.
  • Juxsta position.
  • Trying to bring him back.
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Reported Missing by Anna Gordon Keown

  • Author- woman.
  • "So very sure"- over exaggerated.
  • Simple structure (no stanzas).
  • Shakespeare Sonnet.
  • Talking to the person.
  • Uncertain.
  • In denial.
  • Doesn't want to belive he is dead.
  • Powerful words.
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