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Analysis of a poem- 'Horses' by Edwin Muir It is said that one should forget the past and live in the present

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AS and A Level War Poetry

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Name : Raghav Goyal

Grade : X B IGCSE

Date : 13th November 2005

English Assignment

Coursework Assignment 3 (2nd draft)

Analysis of a poem- 'Horses' by Edwin Muir

It is said that one should forget the past and live in the present. However, Edwin Muir's 'Horses' is a poem of past memories only. The interesting part is that it deals with many conflicts and issues which are prevalent even today. It is thus a bridge between the past and present and is expressed in the form of a piece of literature. Muir himself said that in writing about horses in this poem, he was reflecting his childhood view of his father's plough horses, which must have seemed huge, powerful and mysterious to a boy of four or five. Some of his poems, including 'Horses', have a close equivalent in passages from his autobiography, suggesting that seeing these horses reminded him of certain events.

The poem begins with the poet transcending reality and reminiscing of one of his childhood memories. In this case it is one of when he as a child, watched a team of horses ploughing the stubble

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