- 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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