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Discuss the importance of In Flanders Fields and its links with the rest of "Up the line to death"

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Discuss the importance of "In Flanders Fields" and its links with the rest of the collection Colonel John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" on the 3rd of May 1915, the day after he witnessed the death of his best friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. The poem is vital to "Up the Line to Death" as it encapsulates all of the emotions and pain in the war. The poem is seen as one of the most famous poems written during world war one, it was written in the form of French rondeau which was a popular form in that period of time however many see it as an adaptation of traditional sonnet form. The poem is known as the most popular poem produced during that time and this is why it seems to be perfectly placed at the most moving and powerful section of the anthology so far. There are a use of symbols throughout the poem which are current throughout the anthology so far. ...read more.

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"The Dead" effectively uses colour to be a symbol for all the young blood lost and this is also done in "In Flanders Fields" with the colour red not only representing the buried dead but also being a symbol for all the blood shed. This use of representational colours is another vital piece of reasoning behind the point that "In Flanders Fields" is of key importance to the anthology. Many of the themes that run through the first part of the anthology are all present in the poem, three of the main themes are death, honour and mourning for the deceased and these can be found in almost all of the poems studied so far. Death is probably the most written about subject throughout the whole anthology," We are the Dead", in many of the poems death is personified and dieing is seen as being taken by this personified death, this is in the poem "Death's Men" for example "goes Death's trim men" this is a powerful use of personification and it is cleverly used to give off maximum effect. ...read more.

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The last stanza is seen as encouraging young men to go on battling the enemy coming to destroy them and their families. This is done because the cause they are fighting for is thought to be a noble one at that time in the war - hence the reference to the torch which is being handed on and this is a key reference to honour and this is another key theme that runs thought the anthology so far. Many of the other poems do comment on honour a lot, for example "love throbs out in blissful sleep" this quote is from "Rendezvous" and is showing an extreme of how honour was depicted in some of the poems however in some of the poems death is not seen as honourable, but seen as something that is inevitable, "men waiting to be dead" from "Officers mess" this quote shows us a different view on whether death is honourable in war. ...read more.

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