Notes on "Mametz Wood" by Owen Sheers

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  • Created by: Missy
  • Created on: 18-12-11 18:24
  • Inspired by a trip to the battle field on the 85th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.
  • Battle of Mametz wood was in July 1916.
  • Placed name is used because people know that it was real, creates sympathy, people may have connections with the people who fought.
  • Enjambment is used in the poem to reflect the never-ending nature of war.
  • consists of 6 stanzas, each with 3 lines. This represents the strictness of military life and how war always happens in the same way and we never learn from it.
  • The poet is looking back at what has happened.
  • There are themes of: violence, memory and place.
  • 'For years afterwards' creates interest for the first line, represents how even 85 years later it still effects us.
  • 'farmers found' soft alliteration creates a calm atmosphere, juxtaposing the previous warfare the poet is reflecting on.
  • 'the wasted young' a pun for how the soldiers shouldn't have died?
  • 'they tended the land back into itself' nurturing imagery, contrast to what has happened. Suggesting they should have been nurtured more by the Generals?
  • 'the china plate of a shoulder blade' represents the fragile nature of humans and peace.
  • 'broken birds egg of a skull' alliteration is used with plosive B's (mimicking



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Baba Blacksheep

A good analysis but missing some key points in some places, especially for the third stanza. I really think that the concept and idea of puns should be discarded for this poem, considering it is a very serious piece. Overall, it was a good piece of analysis and was quite helpful. :-) Thanks a lot.


thanks i needed this:-)

Kate Westall

Brilliant, thank you :)

Frankii Watson

Thankyou, this really helped me! I can't sem to find much on the poems in the Conflict section, but this was a great help for Mametz Wood! (:


this was great but please improve spelling as i did get quite confused

Nikhil Rai

this was great! thank you so much



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