The damp and confining confines of the dug-out represent the unavoidable, nightmare conditions of the Western front. The blood and spittle represent the men's physical anguish in the trenches. The poem's main themes, however, are light and darkness. The title refers to the sun coming out after a storm has passed. This brings hope that life will be better tomorrow. But the men know this is only a brief respite before another night in the trench.
Syntax is one of several poems by John McCrae that were set to music during World War I. "In Flanders Fields" was originally written for a musical score by Charles Parker Brooks with lyrics by John Masefield. The song first appeared in a 1914 edition of Brooks' magazine The Boston Music Box.
McCrae wrote the poem between October 14 and November 7, 1915 while he was serving as a major with the Canadian army corps on the western front. He died of tuberculosis four months later at the age of thirty-one.
Although "In Flanders Fields" is now regarded as a memorial to all those who have died in wars, at the time it was written it was specifically designed to encourage Canadians to join the war effort. In fact, many people believed it would be enough to convince them to volunteer. However, few did so until McCrae published a newspaper article explaining his reasons for writing the poem.
In his poem "The Rear-Guard," Siegfried Sassoon employs a narrative form and blends it with sophisticated syntax to depict the speaker's awful experiences during the war. The poem depicts a soldier's journey through death-filled tunnels to reach the terrible combat above. Along the way, he encounters various figures from history who offer advice or comfort him.
Sassoon was a British army officer who was wounded in action in 1916. This poem was published posthumously in 1920 after his death. It has been described as a "landmark work" for its use of language and symbolism to express grief over lost friends.
Here are some lines that describe the horror of war:
"And now the rearguard waits in silence/ For death to come.--No more! Oh God, no more!"
"Butterflies dance on blood-stained wings--/ Little souls, gone to their eternal rest."
"Then darkness...and oblivion."
These lines also show how difficult it can be to convey reality through words:
"The stillness of the night was broken only by the moaning wind and the rattle of musketry."
"'Twas strange, but even as I spoke, my voice seemed dead. / My words no longer sounded like mine.
Themes in "Digging": The major themes of this poem are identity, admiration, and hard effort. The poem contrasts the speaker's identity with that of his forefathers. The speaker is pleased that his family has endowed him with the ability to dig. However, he admits that it takes much effort to dig a deep hole. This shows that no matter how talented or strong you are, you can never escape your destiny.
Other themes include transformation, disappointment, and death. When the speaker discovers that his father is not alive, he is disappointed. But soon he realizes that his father was only digging a grave for his own body. This shows that even though we may feel sad when we lose something precious, we need to remember that life is about change. This also applies to people; some people die while others are born.
At the end of the poem, we learn that the speaker is dead. However, he tells us that he will live on because other people want to hear his story. This shows that fame is an important part of identity. Even though the speaker did not want this attention, it makes him happy now because it means that people still admire him even after his death.
In regard to humans, the poet has utilized the wind as a symbol of the difficulties that life brings. Men must endure excruciating pain, sadness, difficulty, and failure. Trouble cannot affect those who have the ability to stay steady. However, it is possible for wind to change people into something else- either for the better or worse.
In some cases, men may try to avoid pain by using drugs or alcohol. This only adds more trouble for them because they are losing their mind as well as their body. When someone uses drugs and alcohol to escape from life, they are really just trying to escape from reality. They are looking for something impossible to find; peace and quiet. Unfortunately, it is not possible to escape from life forever. The only way out is through!
Another way people attempt to deal with problems is by escaping into entertainment. Some men watch sports games or movies. Others play video games. Still others drink or use drugs. The problem with this method is that it never ends. You can watch all the sports games or films you want, but at some point you will have to face reality again. As for the other activities, they provide many fun times but they also cause much trouble. For example, drinking alcohol causes men to lose control of themselves and act in ways they would never do otherwise. Also, drugs can be very dangerous if used incorrectly.
"A Coat" may represent the futility of war. The poem has several military allusions. "A coat covered with needlework" mimics a coat of arms, which was typically worn on armour throughout the Dark Ages and was individually fashioned to designate a group or clan. A coat can also symbolize protection from hardship. When used by a woman, a coat becomes a dress item. These meanings are evident in this poem: the woman is trying to obtain armor for her husband/boyfriend, who will not need it.
Also, there are two references to "coats of mail". One is that made of metal scales sewn together (like a fish), used by knights in battle. The other is a heavy garment worn under the armor to protect the body against sword blows and other injuries.
Finally, a coat can symbolize protection from hardship. This meaning is evident in this poem: the woman is trying to obtain armor for her husband/boyfriend, who will not need it.
The poem is a metaphor for how human power is fragile, like tissue. Paperanareligious books, maps, and receipts rule our lives, yet their authority is weak in comparison to nature. "Daylight shines through the forms that pride may create." Light comes from above and below, left and right. It surrounds us as we cannot escape it.
Human power is similar. We can destroy ourselves with our own hands or by relying on technology that may someday break down or be used against us. But even though we are small compared to nature, our strength is unique. We can think critically and create new things that help us survive.
Tissue has three important qualities that make it unique: flexibility, durability, and tolerance. Human flesh is flexible because it can bend without breaking. Your skin can protect you from blades and bullets because it's very elastic. Tissues such as muscles and organs can hold an enormous amount of pressure before breaking, because they're strong but also flexible.
Durability is another important quality of tissue. Bones are durable because nothing can permanently damage them; if enough stress is applied, they will eventually break. Muscle tissues are also durable because they can repair themselves when injured. Skin is not as durable as bone or muscle, but it protects our bodies by blocking out harmful substances and objects.
Last, but not least, tissues are tolerant.