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.