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Walking Wounded - review.

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Walking Wounded Walking wounded is a poem, in which the Poet has attempted to evoke the pieces of war in the minds of the reader. The central idea in the poem is to depict the hardship of people who have to deal with life, unlike that of a hero. In other words, a common man has to deal with problems of life and has to return back to the battlefield, which is compared to life. Walking wounded is a poem, where there is an extensive use of literary features. A prime example would be the use of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is the creation of words, which sounds similar to the noises of the words referred to. Onomatopoeia is used extensively in the poem; in order invoke the feeling of pain, suffering and destruction, all of which are images of war, which is clearly evident through most of the poem. Take in to consideration the word "groaned". The word is used to emphasize the pain, the misery of the war that had been raging on. Another word used which is onomatopoeic, is "churning", which in this context has been used to depict the speed as to which the ambulance is moving in order to save lives of the men who were on the battlefield during the battlefield. ...read more.


this is a poem about wars, we can say that the body being taken is that of a human-a soldier or a wounded victim of the war. In the third stanza, a simile is identifiable. "The road was empty, but it seemed to wait" The road was empty, because the ambulance has left and is waiting for it to come back to take other patients. The emptiness of the road is being compared to a play without its cast, as it too is waiting for its cast to come. In the following lines a metaphor is noticed in which "traffic" is referred to the new patients or in other words, the new wounded people. In The next stanza, there is another metaphor, where the drowsiness of the "walking wounded" is compared to "drinking the dark". The poet has used an immense number of images to portray the images of war. Words such as "blood", "died", and "death", reoccur throughout the passage. "Blood" is a symbol which is clearly linked with war. "Blood" in one of the instance, is used to depict the color, in another instance, it is used for its smell, to indicate the ferocity of the war. ...read more.


they don't have to come back when needed, they don't have to torment themselves like the walking wounded or a common man. This poet is dedicated to the "walking wounded" and the common man. The people who can endure, the people who can withstand obstacles and fight, the people who have guts and are ready to put their life at stake if required, this is the significance of the title. The poet concludes in a manner, using powerful words and praises the "Walking Wounded". The poet knows that when the "Hero's" are gone, the walking wounded will be there. When the ambulances have disappeared and some people are needed to fight, the walking wounded would arise, and when the walking wounded have to walk down that lane for fighting again, they must bear arms and fight. Honestly, I think we can all say that if anyone deserves to be called "heroes", it is the "Walking Wounded". As mentioned before, the entire poem is an extended metaphor of the life of a common man in comparison the life of the Walking Wounded. A common man follows the footsteps of the Walking Wounded, in every aspect. The poem uses a lot of imagery and literary features which is depicted throughout the poem. ...read more.

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