Honors Symposuim By: Kinsley Bruce

A poem was found after his death in the Battle of Loos on 13 of October in 1915. His name is Charles Hamilton Sorely. He was twenty year old. This poem is…

When you see millions of the mouthless dead. Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you'll remember. For you need not so. Give them not praise, For, deaf, how should they know. It is not curses heaped on each gashed head? Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not yours tears flow. Nor honour. It is easy to be dead. Say only this, ‘They are dead.’ Then add thereto, ‘Yet many a better one has died before.’ Then, scanning all the o’ercrowded mass, should you Perceive one face that you loved heretofore, It is a spook. None wears the face you knew. Great death has made all his for evermore


After reading the poem is believe that it does rhyme. From that the rhyme is very interesting in the war the author choose his word choice. From the pace of the poem is very medium not too fast not too slow. So the tone of the voice can is smooth, yet harsh at the same time. I notice that the word choice has sort of old renaissance slang to it. ”Their blind eyes see not yours tears flow. Nor honour. It is easy to be dead. Say only this, ‘They are dead.” From that it adds this old fashion flare to the poem. I also that the poem repeats the word “nor” a lot. In the poem there is a metaphors a lot. The author uses them when the he want the reader to understand the experience and emotions that war has on people. There is some similes as well. When the reader is comparing the metaphors and similes to one another. You notice that the author is adding depth to the poem on the tragic events and the emotions that affect people's minds. I think the theme of the poem is understanding the what people witness in war and how it impacts their minds as an individual on an emotional bases.


“ I was once a soldier. There were many bodies with real faces, but i was young then and I was afraid to look, And now twenty years later, I’m left with faceless responsibility and faceless grief.” ( The Things They Carry by Tim O’Brien) This poem connects to that quote by how the experiences of war have impacted soldiers minds and emotions. Also by the authors tone and interpretations about war being different. Hamilton tone is more of a depressing death voice. While O'Brien's tone is more in a romantic way. Yet at the same time they both have one thing in common the lost of one of solder and life during the war. Their tones have a huge impact on the imagery created.


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