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'Tears' by Edward Thomas

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´╗┐Tears The poem ?Tears? by Edward Tomas was written in January 1915. This was a time when he had to make a serious decision about subscribing to the front line or not. This poem is typical of Thomas at this time and he tends to describe the beauty of the natural world, but there always a sense of darkness that shadows his words, such as with his other poem written around the same time, ?But these things also. As this very deadly war raged on, there was a huge disruption in the natural order of things. The effects of the war were deeply disconcerting for Thomas and this was evident in his writing during this time. By describing the beauty and richness of the natural world he creates an atmosphere where there is a grieving sense of utter doom and destruction. ?Tears was written in January of 1915, only a few months before he enlisted (from Wikipedia). ...read more.


Lines four and five are an image of mythical huge dragon, depicting that it is stronger than reality and is on the side of the English when they step over the trenches and into the war. Line six, in which Thomas refers to the soldiers ?bend[ing] toward the sun? paints a picture for the reader in which they are marching towards the Eastern powers, who are the enemy in the First World War. In addition Thomas mentions the ?hops?, a type of flower used to bend toward the East though they have been silenced. This is the first time in the poem that Thomas uses his classic poetry form to describe past natural beauties. However, the ?blooming meadow? is still alive and representing a fertile, procreative land that features certain qualities of spring, which can be related to Thomas?s earlier poem, ?March?. ?Double-shadowed Tower? in line eight has a many different meanings when you factor in that Thomas was most likely talking about a building in London. ...read more.


?Fifes? are small, high-pitched flutes that are loud and shrill. "The British Grenadiers? is a obviously a famous British marching song about the Brigade of Guards, which is an elite infantry unit. The song manages to break through Thomas's ?solitude? and silence, and it touches him in a way he had not expected. This song is used to rally the troops; it is an example of the patriotism in this poem. The fact that music is ?piercing that solitude? suggests that it may carry a certain sense of violence and empathizes a point that even humans and the great Lord Jesus can be pierced by the evils of war. Thomas uses anaphora in the final two lines to identify the togetherness of the soldiers. This conclusion to the poem captures the timeless, English essences that he is longing to keep. The vitality, power and sense of human gathering along with death leaves the reader struggling to understand what Thomas is feeling. I have managed to draw a conclusion by referring to a previous Thomas poem, ?Adelstrop? in which it represents itself as translating memory into epiphany. ...read more.

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