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Chose two poems which may help to give an idea of the course of nature in the world and the effects it has on the living and the generations which are to follow.

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Chose two poems which may help to give an idea of the course of nature in the world and the effects it has on the living and the generations which are to follow. As the teams Head brass is a dialogue poem written by Edward Thomas exploring the impact of the war on the home front. The poem has been written in a prose sense of narrative style. The poem is set in a peaceful and tranquil rural area and uses imagery to represent the changes that take place from those who have sacrificed themselves and gone to war. This is shown by the "fallen elm" which can be interpreted in two different ways. The word "fallen" itself was a euphemism used to describe the soldiers which were dead, and the "Elm" tree shows significance as it is the only tree that is prone to disease as are the soldiers prone to death as they set off to war. ...read more.

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They represent something which is positive, and this triggers something in Edwards's mind which helps him to realise that although he may die in war, the "lovers" will still continue to "come out of the wood". Edward decided to enlist at the end of this poem, and this moment is shown as he says: "for the last time" as this was the last time he ever did watch "the clods crumble and topple over" In connection to this poem, "Easter Monday" is a poem written by Eleanor Frajon in memorial to Edward Thomas, who was a close friend of hers. This is obvious as she throughout the poem reflects of past memories and intimate details of Edwards. She is aware of his likes and dislikes, "apples, you liked to munch beyond all other fruit." The poem can be almost seen as a sonnet, but instead of having 8 and 6 lines, it has 9 and 5. ...read more.

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Phrases such as "we sowed our earliest seed's" can be likened to those in "As the teams Head Brass" to the bodies being "ploughed" into the earth, turning the seeds, so that a new generation is able to cultivate The movement represents the cyclical nature of the world. Edward Thomas's admirations and sacrifice made for the countryside, brings love and respect into the equation with death, as their destruction becomes a point of honour and bravery that confirms Edwards heroic qualities. Although Edward was killed on Easter Monday during the First World War, his lack of victory was not a prerequisite for honour. The inevitability of death and destruction as represented by the "fallen elm" is certain, although from every loss there is a gain, and that is the reason why Edward felt so passionately about sacrificing his own life for those generations which are to follow. Although he is no longer existent, his place in the war is helping nature take its course and in somewhat is helping to preserve the future of the "lovers" which are to follow. ...read more.

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