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ENGLISH COURSEWORK - POETRY In this essay I will be discussing two different war poems, all set and written during the Boer War. I will write about how they portray to us the pity of war and the messages that are within the poems and the way the poets have used their language whilst writing the poems. The two poems that I will be discussing are A Wife in London by Thomas Hardy and War by Edgar Wallace. However, we have also studied Dirge of the Dead Sisters by Rudyard Kipling and The Hyaenas by Rudyard Kipling. Each poem is unique within its own context. A Wife in London describes the life of women in England during the Boer War in an implicit way. It shows the nervousness that was felt by the women who were eagerly waiting to hear news of their husbands. In this poem Thomas Hardy shows an ironic and grim joke played on people by Fate. It also shows the suffering of those during the war time, although they were thousands of miles away from the fighting itself. The poet of War, Edgar Wallace was an orderly when the war began. His poem is set in a field hospital where a doctor and his orderly are doing their utmost best to treat casualties of the war. The poem describes the gruesome fate met by soldiers fighting on the front line and it also describes the unsightly scenes that were experienced by those who were helping the injured. The poem is particularly about an injured man who has been brought in with a deadly wound, a ricochet, that can not be treated. Rudyard Kipling who wrote both Dirge of the Dead Sisters and The Hyaenas was a very famous poet and novelist of his time and pretty much today also. In Dirge of the Dead Sisters Kipling writes about the courage and endurance of the women that volunteered to help in the war. ...read more.


It first shows the woman receiving the bad news, but what is worse is the fact that she is once again reminded of her husband through his letter arriving the next day. I think the poem is an excellent way of portraying the lives of people who are at home. It shows that there are many people that suffer during war times. People think the soldiers are the only victims but the real and biggest victims are those who are living restlessly, desperately waiting to hear of their loved ones. I agree with the ideas of the poet and fell that this poem should be read by those who feel that war is something far away from them when really there are many in their own cities that are fighting against sadness and grief over the loss of dear ones and loved ones or those who are living nervously and at the 'edge of their seats'. War explores the gruesomeness of war and the terrifying torments faced by those who are fighting or helping on the front line. The poem is set in an emergency field hospital near the front line. A battle is going on in the distance. A badly wounded man with a massive injury caused by a ricochet is brought in for the doctor to treat. The poem is set into three parts. The first part is where the injured man is brought into the tent. The second part is where the patient is being treated and the third part is when the doctor is unable to keep him alive and the soldier becomes another casualty of war. We can tell that the tent is very close to the fighting because the first line reads, "A tent that is pitched at the base". The 'Case' is brought in on a stretcher from a wagon. We can tell that the soldier is in a great deal of pain from the line that reads, "The Infantry's bearing the brunt". ...read more.


It also shows the value of time by saying that if the man had come sooner there might have been a "chance for his life". The last line shows that the doctor must be really busy with his work that he doesn't have time to sympathise for too long, as he abruptly tells his orderly to clean the surgical knife. The poem is set into three stanzas. Each stanza has twelve lines. The rhyme scheme for the stanzas is ABABCDCDEFFF. The rhyme scheme has been added for extra effect to the poem and more emotion to the poem. I think the last three lines of the poem have the same rhyme scheme because they are the spoken words of the doctor and also because they contain deep messages within them. The poet has used repetition within the poem. In every stanza he has the word "War". I think he has done this so that his object and purpose for writing the poem can get across to the reader. The poem shows how slight injuries can become deathly and deadly. It shows the conditions in which the soldiers were treated or many of the times, died. The poem keeps the man unnamed to show that this kind of thing could happen to anybody and at any time. It also explores the terrifying scenes that the doctors and orderlies saw while trying to treat the injured that it became almost impossible to treat them. I think the poem has been written in praise and sympathy for those who were either fighting or helping on the front line. I think it is an excellent way of describing those things that are not revealed to the public. It is kept hidden from the people and probably will be kept hidden until someone discloses the information. I think he poet has done an excellent job by describing these things in a poem. He has not broken the headlines, but rather he may have broken a few hearts of those who suffered during the war, or were heavily involved in the war. UMAR VANTRA 1 ...read more.

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