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Compare the ways in which the poets write about nature and a rural scene in "As the Team's Head-Brass" and "There will come soft rains…".

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Compare the ways in which the poets write about nature and a rural scene in "As the Team's Head-Brass" and "There will come soft rains..." "As the teams Head-Brass" was written by Edward Thomas during the First World War. He based his poem on the affects of war for people on the front and people at home. A lady called Sara Teasdale wrote "There will come soft rains..." It is based on the after effects of war from a woman's point of view. "As the teams Head-Brass" is based on the affects of what war did to nature and for the human race. In the first stanza a man speaks of watching men known as the "teams head brass". He was sat upon a "fallen elm" where he watches the "ploughman" work. It is obvious from the quotation "the horses turned/instead of treading me down" that this man feels that he was being pressurised into something. In this case it was avoiding war. It was on his mind throughout the first stanza of this poem. Thomas used phrases to put the views of the war such as: "Scraping the share" in the readers mind. This gives a painful action of what it was like in this man's conscience, the reader obviously understood it that he was not in favour of the Great War. ...read more.


This was also propaganda of the time to make able bodied men feel guilty for not helping the war effort. The ploughman felt that the man was a traitor for the country especially after many people had died including his friend; "my mates is dead". He underestimates the amount of people that died to state a point to the man, "Yes, a good few". The ploughman said that they were brave men to show the man that because he was not going he was merely a coward. There are many messages in this poem put across by Thomas. One of which is how he portrays the judgement of leaders in the British Army. When the ploughman said his friend died he blamed it on someone; "they killed him". The word "they" could mean many things such as the German army or the pompous leaders of the British Army. Both were the fault of many casualties of World War One. The poem is framed by lovers; "The lovers disappeared" and "The lovers came out of the wood again". Thomas did this to show the reader that normal life still goes on outside of the battlefields and that people love the brave soldiers fighting on the front line. In the quotation: "I should not have sat here. ...read more.


The writer makes the purpose of nature always prevailing over humanity by saying, "not one/ Will care at last when it is done" because the land will be reconciled by nature. In each stanza there is a double meaning between nature and war. On lines three to four we see that frogs were "in the pools singing at night". This could have also been imagery of soldiers singing hymns in soaking trenches. In the next line it says "wild-plum trees in tremulous white" this gives the reader the idea of a flare shining the midnight sky over the trenches. In "As the teams head-brass" there was a man, and in the second stanza a conversation, they both explain the problems of war and its tragedies. This was how Thomas puts his point of view to the reader. After reading the two poems I believe that the poem which writes about nature and a rural scene most affectively is "As the Teams Head-Brass" This is because the rural scene of ploughing and nature is cleverly combined because of the use of imagery and symbolism to show the problems that war was having with the environment and the human race. It is more effective than "There will come soft rains..." because it is far easier to understand what the writer is trying to tell you and that the points put across are more significant. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andrew Tait Page 1 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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