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Prelim Revision - The Horses: Quotes and Analysis First Stanza * "The seven days war that put the world to sleep" Just as God created the world in seven days, mankind destroyed the world in seven days. - Biblical reference. "Put the world to sleep" Example of Euphemism. This is used to highlight how horrific the situation was. Getting put to sleep sounds pleasant and calm but we know the reality of the extreme destruction the war caused on our world. * "Dead bodies piled on deck" The harsh repetition of the "D" sound emphasizes the brutality and harrowing nature of what had happened. Matter of fact tone suggests that the survivors have seen unimaginable horrors on a vast scale; they had become almost immune to death. This emphasises the brutality of the situation. "piled" shows that the bodies of the dead had been treated with a distinct lack of respect, each piled on top of each other because there was no time for a proper burial or mourning. The highlights the vast number of deaths the nuclear war has caused. ...read more.


Nothing worse than killing a child, horrific image. Highlights how much mankind destroyed the world and the result of their actions. Also highlights the vast number of deaths, the world is swallowing everyone "quick". * "Curled blindly in impenetrable sorrow" The phrase "curled" normally means in a state of hopelessness, as it is a position you normally go in when you're in some kind of sadness. Also it reminds us of a foetus in a mother's tummy- The world wants to feel safe/protected but it is cowering away from the evil of mankind. "Blindly" - Radiation from the nuclear war literally causes blindness. Also mankind's blindness to their over reliance on technology has been the cause of this underlying disaster. "Impenetrable sorrow" is the idea of the ever lasting effect the devastation has on the survivors. They can never go back to their way of life they will always be haunted by the mistake of relying too heavily on technology in their everyday lives. * "They look like dank sea monsters couched and waiting." ...read more.


They have gone back to old ways * "As fabulous steeds set on an ancient shield." The survivors are realising how ancient creatures horses were. They are seen as a part of history. Something no longer part of their lives. Something unimaginable. The horses are long lost companions. * "That they were creatures to be owned and used" Horses used to be used for working instead of tractors. Before technology humanity relied greatly on nature and on horses to work beside humans. * "New as if they has come from their own Eden" Link back to the story of genesis. The idea of the world starting again, rebuilding itself and returning to old fashioned ways. The story of creation and hope, the horses have changed the life of the survivors and there is hope for a new beginning. * "Our life has changed; their coming, our beginning" Final sentence of the poem. Leaves the reader with a feeling of hope. The horses have changed the lives of the survivors and they have seen the error of their ways. Human kind have seen their over reliance on technology and the effect it has on their lives. They have gone back to their "fathers land" to start a new beginning, ...read more.

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