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The poem Vergissmeinicht has originated from a small incident or experience. The poem is written by Keith Douglas. Vergissmeinicht contains a universal statement, it is that the enemy may be the enemy at war but a much-loved person at home.

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Introduction

The poem Vergissmeinicht has originated from a small incident or experience. The poem is written by Keith Douglas. Vergissmeinicht contains a universal statement, it is that the enemy may be the enemy at war but a much-loved person at home. Douglas has included an incident in which I think the poem has originated from. The incident is based during the war, where there had recently been a battle. The incident begins when the enemy soldiers, only a small group, have returned to find a scene where they had fought before only to find a dead soldier who had been badly wounded. The reader is firstly notified by receiving the impression that the soldier was still alive lying sprawling in the sun, "and found the soldier sprawling in the sun" But he was not, as he was killed in the last battle by the soldiers who stood over him, he lies decaying in the sun. ...read more.

Middle

"The frowning barrel of his gun"- The opening words to the second stanza. I found this quite threatening, a description of the soldier who has just been described as being harmless by sprawling in the sun, its as if he is being identified with the gun e.g. the gun overshadows his humanity. Between the first and the second stanza there is a comparison of the soldier. First of all in the first stanza he is described as harmless but then in the second verse he is described as being a demon/devil, "As we came on that day, he hit my tank with one like the entry of a demon" Not only is Douglas notifying the reader that the soldier is a demon- he is also telling the reader that the soldier hit an enemy vehicle "Nightmare ground" "Look"- the command to tell the reader to look more closely at something is the opening word to the third verse. ...read more.

Conclusion

In this stanza there is a metaphor and a simile. The metaphor is in the description of his eyes 'paper'. The simile is 'like a cave'. In this stanza the dead soldier is mocked, he is lying dead and useless where as his gun is still alive - Douglas is making the point that how frail humans are compared to our weaponry during wars. When they look at the soldier they see no fear anymore but when the gun overshadows they all seem to be in a state of fear. The last stanza is all to with the universal statement that Douglas has imposed in this poem. The last stanza talks about how you can't separate the two men i.e. the good side and bad side, so when the enemy goes down so does the loving man. I enjoyed the poem. Most of the descriptions were very vivid, most of all I found the universal greatly touching. I enjoyed how Douglas put a deeper message into the poem as it went on ...read more.

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