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How do writers articulate their feelings to war?

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How do writers articulate their feelings to war? We indeed know that people during both of the wars seen and committed terrible things to their fellow man. It is also said that what the people at home, away from the fighting, also felt some harsh emotions. Whether their son, father or relative would get back in one piece. These emotions were very hard to deal with and people dealt with them in different ways. Some talked to friends while other preyed. Some writ their emotions down on paper and gave us some of the most emotional and stunning pieces of writing ever and this is what I'm going to study. An ideal piece that coincides with my statement above is the later cenotaph written by Ursula Roberts. The poem is set in a busy high street and is from the perspective of a woman sitting in a bus, seeing out of the window. The poem is written in free verse and involves a great deal of dialect to add personality to the poem. ...read more.

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"A man is eating his dressing in the hospital" We don't know what role the injured and mentally ill man had in Aushwitz whether he was a Jew, prisoned in Aushwitz or one of the first soldiers in their but the views he had whitnessed had sent him into insanity. Porter puts feeling into his writing by adding personification or giving things human qualities. He does with the toothbrush, which grows a cuticle and Europe's gut. Porter also gives a shocking image in stanza 6 of possible reasons. He says earlier in the poem a somewhat confusing statement in that if one person dies it doesn't matter but if thousands or in this case hundreds of millions are killed we have to take note. This can not be true as surely one death is surely bad enough. A worrying thought comes to mind when the later of stanza 6 is read. "When I salt the puny snail - cruelty's grown up And waits for time and men to bring into its hands The snails adagio and all the taunting life Which has not cared about or ...read more.

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What is different with Coles poem to the previous I have mentioned, is that Cole says a lot more than she has written. If we read between the lines of the poem and interpret these we find some very interesting thoughts. For example line 10 comments on how leaves (being soldiers) haven't been killed by the wind or age (natural causes) but by war. Also we see a faith side to Cole when we see Clay at the end of line 10. It is written in the bible that god made man out of clay and when he dies that's where he will return hence the ashes to ashes and dust to dust and this is where Cole has located this from. In conclusion all the poets or authors in the anthology or who have written any media about war have chosen to articulate their feelings toward this subject in this way. Whether they have used harsh abrasive language, metaphors, tools like alliteration or euphemisms doesn't matter. What does matter is that we take heed from what the majority say and learn from the mistakes we have made so atrocities like those which have been served in the past, don't ever happen again. ...read more.

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