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The Manhunt:

'unexploded mine, buried deep in his mind' implies that it is the emotional mental trauma that is causing the soldier the most danage, not physical scars that can be easily fixed. 'unexploded' highlights this and it gives the impression that he can't get away from what he has been through. Other readers may argue that it relates to his and many other soldiers problems with shellshock after the war. It affected their lives in so many ways that they found it hard to cope, the man in this poem had to go to anger management and also turn to his wife for help.

The Soldier:

At the time of the war, propaganda was a strong force in persuading society that war was right.  For example, in this poem, the first line 'If I should die' made the prospect of death seem unlikely and not something which would happen to 'real' men who left England to fight in the war. Brooke wrote this poem before the war, when people were not aware of the truth and his poem shows an unrealistically postitive approach to war because of the propaganda spread.

A Wife In London:

Written by Thomas Hardy, this poem is characterised by his sparse and harsh writing style. For example, when the news of her husbands death reaches the wife, he has represented the short, unsympathetic message given to her 'He--has fallen--in the far South Land'. This puts the reader into her position and they can imagine her numb shock and greif that she must

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