- Created by: Chloepeters.99
- Created on: 17-06-20 10:12
- The poem is writtwn from the prespective of a soldier stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
- They are on patrole and see some looters, one appeared to have a gun so they open fire.
- The rest of the poem is looking at even long after this event, the soldier cannot leave this memory behind.
- dead bodies
- What is left after everything theyve been through
"On another occasion..."
- First line starts almost in the middle of a recounting of an event, more realistic. sounds like a speach
- 'legs it' - Informal and colliquial, adds to the idea that this is a speach, adds realism.
- 'probably armed, possibly not' - Uncertainty, casual way of them saying they didnt check if the looters were armed or not.
"Well myself and somebody else..."
- Implies poor memory over time
- 'same mind, so all three..' - end-stopped line shows brutality of gun fire
Enjambment to the next stanza (line 8-9) 'I swear.. I see'
- Shows how they are all feeling the same.
- "rips through his life.." - violent but simple verbs, shocking image to reader, but he speaks so casually, because it was a part of his everyday life.
- Enjambment to next stanza- "I swear.. I see" - suggests an ongoing memory and struggle.
- "mates" and "tosses his guts" sounds informal & colloquial like it snormality for the soldier
- "End of story, except not really" - suggests he cant forget, change of style, becomes less like everyday speach.
- "stays" "street" - Tone- long vowel sounds suggests he has become more serious
- "Probably armed, possibly not" - Structure, comes back to haunt him
- "Drink and the drugs" - Alliteration, highlights what the soldier has now turned to
- Repetition of 's' sound (sibilance), sounds suffocating
- Alliteration/ plosive 'D' sound repeted, suggests a heaviness felt by the soldier, emotional.
- Repetition of 'bloody'. "his bloody life in my bloody hands" - soldier has become a lady mcbeth figure. Hilights the guilt he feels. Two interperitations of "bloody" sounds informal like earlier, but also violent
- Irregular rhyme scheme- "eyes/lines" "land/sand" - emphasises most imported part of the poem, most passionate part from soldier.
It is written as a monologue, from the point of view of the speaker. To give us a unique prespective, it makes it seem more honest and true, brings more emotion.
- The feel of a fast paced natural speach
- No regular rhythmic pattern, examples of enjambment.