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Analyse Vitai Lampada.

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Analyse Vitai Lampada In my view, Vitai Lampada is a poem of strength and power. It illustrates war through the use of the imagery of soldiers playing games . The patriotic references appear to be out of place with the historical context of that time. The author, Henry Newbolt, writes about war in this way, so that he can get his view of war across in a more defined manner. The poem has a positive air about it and is written with a fast tempo and quick rhythm, using a lot of rhymes and anaphoric phrasing. Newbolt uses short lines with very few syllables per line. The poem shows the writer to be very exact in his choice of words. We learn for example that the participants of the war are patriotic soldiers. ...read more.


This paves the way for the soldiers during the war to fight and be brave for their commanding officer. The tone of Newbolt's poem contrasts greatly with many poems written about the First World War. He has a more traditionalist view like that of poets who have written about previous wars as for example the poet Tennyson in his poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade.'" Despite all the bloodshed and the death, which are illustrated in metaphoric lines like " The river of death has brimmed his banks," and "The sand of the desert is sodden red" Newbolt still gives war the feeling of it being a game, and of there being hope, by ending with the phrase "But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks: Play up! Play up! ...read more.


as it was commonly used in medieval battles and has been recreated especially well in " the Lord of the Rings" trilogy with the armies battling at night. The patriotism is emphasized by the phrases referring to "her" meaning England. It is also emphasized by the story-like nature of the poem. It has a beginning in which it introduces the idea of the "game", a middle in which he describes the battle and incorporates the idea of a "game" and an end, which talks about the battle being recalled and the soldiers being heroes. It is especially the last paragraph that confirms the feeling of patriotism and commitment to the war effort. To conclude my analysis of Newbolt's poem "Vitai Lampada" I can say that the poem, in my opinion, is a very strong, quick and powerful poem, mainly due to the rhythm and poetic techniques, and it is also a patriotic poem which illustrates the nature of war as likened on to a game. Seamus Mulready English coursework ...read more.

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