"Remains" is based on the experiences of an Iraqi soldier who served in the city of Basra. As a result of his experiences, he developed severe PTSD, and the poem remembers one particular incident in which the soldier shot a bank looter and was left with horrifying flashbacks repeating the moment of the man's death. The poet decided to use the corpse as inspiration for a work of art.
In addition to being a trained medical examiner, Armitage has said that he also wrote the poem to honor the many soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to protest the war itself.
He also describes how people would stop him in the street and ask him if he had killed the man, to which he would always reply in the negative.
PTSD is a serious condition that can develop following exposure to a traumatic event or events. People who experience trauma are at risk of developing symptoms of PTSD if they do not get proper treatment. Symptoms may appear soon after a person has experienced trauma or much later down the road. In some cases, PTSD may go away on its own over time. However, for many people, the effects of the trauma continue to haunt them day after day.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder. People with this condition experience persistent fear that something similar will happen again. They may have nightmares about what happened before waking up sweating and trembling. They may avoid situations that might bring back bad memories.
There are different types of therapies that can be used to treat PTSD. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on changing how a person thinks and acts toward preventing future trauma from happening. Exposure therapy involves confronting your fears head-on by walking through their worst-case scenario until you reach safety.
It is extensively hinted throughout the poem that after the soldier returns home on vacation, he can't get the horrible visions of what he has seen out of his brain (remember, it is the horrific imagery utilized for the dead man's intestines). When he is on leave, this aspect of his combat experience begins to play back. He sees all the people he has killed, one by one.
The soldier realizes that he will never be able to escape his memories, and so he decides to put himself into a coma so that he won't have to deal with it anymore. In this state, he believes that he will be able to forget about the war forever.
But then, as he lies in his hospital bed, he hears news of another massacre. So he gets up and goes back into battle once again. However, this time, he does not wake up until many years later...
With a beautiful and innocent smile on his face, the soldier lies open-mouthed, sleeping like an infant. However, there is an ironic twist at the end of the poem, where we notice two crimson holes in the soldier's side, indicating gunshot wounds. The soldier perished as a result of gunshot wounds to his side. This means that, rather than helping him, his mother's cruel act has killed her son.
Also, if we look more closely at the picture, under the soldier's arm we can see what looks like a medal of some sort. This indicates that the soldier was very brave. For this reason, he has been granted paradise.
Finally, right beside the picture is a book with these words written on its cover: "A Soldier's Prayer." This tells us that the man in the picture is indeed a real-life saint, because according to Catholic Church doctrine, only God is truly holy and sinless. Thus, only He can grant a person eternal life after they die.
In conclusion, the picture on the left shows us that the soldier was a true hero who had one hand tied behind his back. This means that he was not able to protect himself, so he must have been terribly afraid. However, thanks to his loving mother, he did not have to suffer fearfully since she knew that he would be granted paradise.
Armitage explains how "every round as it rips through (the looter's) life" and how the speaker can see "bright daylight on the other side" of his wounded. However, in "Remains," the soldier suffers not just from physical wounds inflicted by combat, but also from psychological ramifications. He becomes aware of the pain he is inflicting upon others, while at the same time feeling powerless to stop it.
Simon Armitage was born on January 4th, 1972 in London, England. His father is English and his mother is Japanese. He has one brother named Luke who is three years older than him. When he was young, his family moved to Wellington, New Zealand where he grew up. He went to Saint Kentigern College in Auckland for school and when he finished high school, he traveled to the United States where he attended Brigham Young University in Utah for two years. After graduating from BYU, he moved back to New Zealand where he worked as a teacher before starting his writing career.
Armitage wrote his first book at the age of twenty-one.
"Remembrance," an elegy, tackles death, grief, and loss as the speaker laments the death of her first and only love 15 years previously. Bronte initially composed the poem in the voice of Gondal, a fictional realm she created with her brothers when they were youngsters. The poem is written in iambic tetrameter, which is the meter used by Shakespeare for many of his poems.
Bronte's father wanted her to become a nun so she could save other people's souls and avoid the hardship of being married. However, she was passionate about writing and politics and felt that marrying well would help advance her career goals. She eventually found success after marrying Robert Bronte, who helped her publish several of her own works. They had three children together before he died at the age of 44.
Bronte's poetry is considered to be one of the founding texts of modernism in England. Her work has been influential in shaping contemporary English poetry and is studied by students all over the world because of its complexity and importance.
"The Armadillo" explores topics such as tradition, death, and destruction, as well as dread and the delicate nature of the human condition. The poet's tone is straightforward, unrestrained, and unambiguous, allowing him to create a sombre and serious mood. These qualities are prominent in "The Armadillo", and it can be said that it is a poem that deals with important issues in a direct way.
In conclusion, "The Armadillo" deals with important issues such as tradition, death, and destruction as well as dread and the delicate nature of the human condition. This can be seen in questions such as why do people fight wars? What happens after we die? And what is the meaning of life? Through poetry, Joel Ruiz seeks answers to these questions.
Also see: "The Armadillo: A Study in Translation" by Carlos Martínez Moreno.