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OCN English.

World War 1 Comprehension Exercise.

1.  The first “recruitment” poem, named Fall In follows the style of a simple ABABCDCD pattern, found most commonly within poems. However the second of which is the focus of our analysis, In Flanders Field, is much different. The first verses pattern is AABBA whereas the second verse is different yet again. “Fall In” has a style the is a lot more colloquial then “Flanders Field” relying on using more slang terms to attract the attention of the reader while “Flanders Field” has a tone that is a lot more easy going and not as in your face.

2. “Fall In” is much lengthier than “Flanders Field”; its words are much more direct and to the point. It contains questions that would make young men think about; how would their families and friends think about them given that they made the choice not to go to war. “Flanders field” arouses the memories of fallen friends and family members within the minds of men throughout the land, persuading and coercing them to join the ranks with many others.

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3. The first poem “Fall In” is attempting to recruit young men to the forces by using what could be assumed as a sort of blackmail tactic. One can only assume that at the time of its publication the words found within its verses would have struck several chords in the hearts of the audience of young men, no doubt accomplishing its task; relying heavily on planting the seed of doubt into the minds of the young men, making them wonder just what indeed their family, friends and potential partners and children would think of their actions and absence from ...

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