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Boom, another gun shot, another soldier down! Good morning/afternoon Ms Barbour and fellow class mates.

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Intro Boom, another gun shot, another soldier down! Good morning/afternoon Ms Barbour and fellow class mates. (A&B) I chose the theme, the faces of War because it is the reason I am and everyone is here today. Wars fought and won prior to my birth have enabled me to be born. If it wasn't for battlers who fought for my country I would not be writing this assignment at this point of time. The thought of War makes me feel very humble because so many people young and old were prepared to risk their life and many people gave their life for their country. War means a lot to me. When I hear or read the word 'War' it makes me think what Australian Battlers did for me. Sure anyone can read, spell or write the word War but what does it really mean to you? The Soldier If I should die, think only this for me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is forever England. There shall be In the rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England's, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. ...read more.

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Tonight he noticed how the women's eyes Passed from him to the strong men that were whole. How cold and late it is! Why don't they come And put him to bed? Why don't they come? Wilfred Owen Disabled Wilfred Owen enlisted in the British Army in 1915. In January 1917 he went as an officer to the Soome in France where he encountered the mud and misery of trench warfare. He was killed a week before the end of the War while guiding his company across the Sambre Canal. He said Of his poetry: 'My subject is War and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity. All a poet can do is warn'. In line one: 'He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey' With the appearance of 'dark', 'grey', and shivered sets up the isolation of the wounded soldier. It strikes a strong comparison to the warmth of the second stanza. The alliteration of the 'g' in lines' eight and nine states that: 'glow-lamps and girls glanced' These are well used and linked effectively by the use of alliteration with the letter 'g' in glow-lamp and girls glanced. Dulce et Decorum Est Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turn our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. ...read more.

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Kenneth Slessor Beach Burial When Kenneth Slessor wrote 'Beach Burial', he was an Australian war correspondent. It is highly likely that Slessor witnessed the events he describes in the poem. Here, as in many other of Slessor's poems, he uses sounds to convey the feeling of the scene he is describing. Slessor Describes the exact timing of the sailors floating in the water by the repetition of sounds such as the 'ly' in: 'softly' and 'humbly' The repetition of the 's' thoughout the first stanza suggest the movement of the bodies in the ebb and the flow of the sea. The message of the poem is in no doubt presented in the last stanza. The sailors of old in sailing ships looked forward expectantly to reaching land after long and often voyages. Here in 'Beach Burial' the dead sailors similarly reach land after their journeys in the sea. This poem is an example of War and the horror of it; in the last stanza the futility of War is so clearly exposed when the poet describes the joining together of the seamen who have come from so many lands. Conclusion The four songs chosen for this selection are all linked by the theme of War. Each poem strongly suggests what War was about and what Soldiers went through day in and day out, all of this just for us. ?? ?? ?? ?? Terry Thompson English (S2) Commentary ...read more.

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