What is war good for? By Brendan tonkin

Wilfred Owen

The poem Dulce et Decorum Est is written by Wilfred Owen and tells the story of a man witnessing a line of marching injury soldiers when they are attacked by gas which he then witnesses a soldier dying in front of him from the gas. In the poem Similes occur throughout the poem for example “bent double, like old beggars under sacks” this describes the men’s marching to beggars as they are carrying so much gear that they are hunched over and creates the possibility that the soldiers have become two people one before the war and one after the war. Some more examples are “coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge”. “ and floundering like a man in fire or lime”, “as under a green sea”, “his hanging face, like a devils sick of sin”, “come gargling from the forth- corrupted lungs obscene as cancer”. Personification “clumsy helmets” this refers to the helmets being clumsy a human action to a non-living object. Hyperbole is the exaggeration of an action or an occurrence for example “all went lame all blind” this refers to the extent of the soldiers, which in fact are not all lame and blind, but that statement is exaggerated to convey a message. Metaphors “Haunting flares” this describes haunting as the fact that the flares remind the soldier that they will have the same sort of fate tomorrow. More metaphors include “but limped on, blood-shod” Blood-shod refers to all the blood and gore that surrounds the soldies but literyrefers to the soldiers shoe being flled with blood, “Drunk with fatigue”, “an ecstasy of fumbling’, “I saw him drowning”.


Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

The poem In Flanders Filed written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae tells the story of the men that were soldiers fighting in the war and that they all once felt love and saw but then died. Their days were numbered and now 6 foot under in rows where poppies grow in rows next to where the dead soldiers lay. Flanders fields, employs some poetic devices such as “The torch: be yours to hold it high”. The torch in this poem represent the ANZAC legend and the passing down to generations. In the poem, there is alliteration, which is the occurrence of the same letter repeatedly after one another in a sentence. Alliteration is in the context of “saw sunset glow” the “s” is repeated in “saw sunsets”

Edwin Starr

The song War is written and sung by Edwin Starr and tells the story of how war is worn and that it is taking many lives that could be used for better things. The message is stated clearly in this song as it is repeated repeatedly “What is it good for absolutely nothing”. The song send out a very strong message of war being meaning less and that is god for absolutely nothing. Repetition is the repetition of sentences and or stanzas in the poem and is used for conveying a strong message. In the song repetition is used countless times for example “War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing” this repetition of what is it good for constantly makes the listener think about what is it good for. Personification has also been seen throughout the poem for example “it’s an enemy to all mankind”, “war has caused unrest with the younger generation”, “War can’t give life it can only take it” and “War is only friend with the under taker”.

After The Service

By Jeff Cook

The poem After the Service is written by Jeff Cook who is a former Australian soldier. Cook writes a of deep depression for the young man who is in the marching band does not know what is coming for him in the army and that he prays for him. Then has a flash back off all the thing he did and saw in the war and hoped that the R.S.L. is a dyeing group and the whole entire poem personifies the R.S.L. In the poem, there is a clear message of Anti-war as it is seen in the poem when he writes, “For if I could alter history the wars would not have been”. In the poem, Metaphors are very common for example “deserts too, in blinding, searing heat,” the Metaphor in this context describes the extent of the heat and that it is so hot that it blinds. In the poem, there is also personification for example “In the stinking, sweaty jungles,” this is personification because the jungle cannot sweat and that is emphasising the fact that it was so humid in the fore4st that the forest itself sweated. Stinking refers to a numerous amount of things such as it was very hot, very smelly and to the not wanting to be in the jungle.

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