As a virtual period, our literature teacher Pato, gave us some activities to do about war poems. This is mine:
- First, Sir Walter Scott’s poem portraits the themes of war and death. War as a dreadful situation to be where men are sent to fight and suffer. Death as the ending of war, a peaceful place, a place where you are able to rest without caring about war. The poem structure consists of three stanzas each with twelve lines in which repetition of ideas is really present.
Second, Sassoon’s poem also portraits the themes of war and death. War as a horrific place where men are sent to fight or die, and death as the consequence of war. The difference to Scott is that Sassoon presents death as a situation avoided by men, not peaceful, but actually feared and horrendous. I can see this as soldiers in the poem are actually trying to escape from the attackers so they could survive, although they knew they probably wouldn’t. The structure consists of only one paragraph with thirteen lines.
4. First, I can see the soldiers finally getting to the ridge during down after walking all night, they are thirsty, tired and ready to attack.
Then the soldiers finally reach the ridge from where they can spot the enemy troops which are meters from them under the hills and still not aware of them.
In this image, the enemy or defending troops see the other army over the ridge and firing starts between both sides.
After that I can see all the troops from both sides in position with their heavy artillery fighting to death, for their nations and their lifes.
Finally, the soldiers start praying to Jesus asking him to end this mercyless war