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Task 2

  1. 1. Task 2 Soldier, rest! Literary devices: ● Themes​: War, sleep, freedom, meaning of life closure and death. ● Tone​: reflective, dreaming, calming ● Alliterations: ○ “sleep the sleep”, makes reference to death ○ “Days of danger”, by repeating the letter d we can see that there is an emphasis on the fact that war can be really Dangerous but those days are over. ○ “ Hands unseen thy couch are strewing”, alliterative S to emphasise that there won't be so many deaths as war is over, so the unseen hands (which are not seen because are buried) are gradually disappearing. ● Symbols​: ○ “Enchanted halls” make reference to the trenches ● Oxymoron​: “nights of walking”, it portrays the fact that as war ended, soldiers can be able to walk during the day and even at night, when it used to be so dangerous! ● images: ○ Auditory​ image related to the fact that as the warfare is over, they won’t hear anymore the sound of the bombs or the sound of attacks, “no rude sound shall reach thine ear” ○ As war is over, soldiers won’t be needing to have “squadron tramping”. This visual and tactile image (as it makes reference to physical aspects, exhaustion) suggest that soldiers won’t need to do long distance walks in rough country any more. ○ “Bugles here shall sound reveillé”: auditory image referring to the fact that there won't be more instrumental alerts of combat as war has ended. ● Hyperbaton​: ○ There is an inversion of the normal order of words throughout the poem to put the emphasis on another part of the sentence. “dream of battlefields no more”, here the poet emphasizes the word dreams to make people understand the fact that, as battlefields ended, dreams can be achieved. ● Onomatopoeia​: “Armour’s clang”. this literary devices helps the Reader understand how tormenting the war was and encourages the soldiers to fight and die with no fear and honour. ● Language: ​Colloquial language
  2. 2. Personal opinion: Through this very descriptive poem, Sir Walter Scott wanted to portray and protest about the war. He thought that soldiers were mistreated and didn’t have to fight. War was caused because of the mistakes and bad decisions of the leaders/kings, so he believed it should stop. He is constantly doing an emphasis on the fact that the “warfare o'er” so he ecourges the soldiers to rest and not to be afraid of what could happen. The Death Bed Stanza 1: ● The poet presents a dead person “unshaken as the steadfast walls”. He is so immobilized that he is compared with steady walls in the previous ​simile​. ● Through the alliterative “s”, the poet is able to emphasize the fact that he is in silence, because he is dead: “Silence and safety”. In the previous ​alliteration we can see the emotion emphasized. ● Moreover, we can relate the fact that he is dead in the following ​metaphor “soaring nd quivering in the Wings of sleep”. Here ‘sleep’ is personified and it is covering the man, meaning that death is coming. ● “moonless waves of death”, the man is at the border of the “shore”. He is between life and death. Stanza 2: ● “Someone” ​symbolizes​ death. Death was holding water to his mouth because he was drowning. So death is ​personified​. ● The poet illustrates how dead the man is by comparing what he saw with what he sees now. “Through crimson gloom to darkness”, this ​metaphor​ is related with the fact he used to see colours, such as red, but now, because he is dying, he only sees black colours, darkness. ● By presenting the following auditory and tactile ​image​, the poet is able to express the pain the man was suffering, “The opiate throb and ache that was his wound”. He was in such pain that he heard his own agony. ● The ​repetition​ of the word “water” emphasizes the fact that he was drowned. ● the “Bird-voiced” ​alliteration​ together with the “sky” and the “weir” are used to emphasize the fact that he was outside, in the nature, and not in a swimming pool. It suggests that the man was drowned from a boat. ● Through this ​alliterative phrase​ we know he is dead, sleeping, since he emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness: “oars, and sighed, and slept”.
  3. 3. Stanza 3: ● The next ​alliteration​ is used to emphasize how painful he was that now is at the hospital, “With a gust of wind, was in the ward”. We can sort of feel his grief through that tactile image as it causes in the reader shivers. ● The ​repetition​ of “night” contributes to the repetition of its symbol, death ● The poet suggests that something ghostly was taking the man to death, “glinting among the wraiths of wandering cloud”. ● “purple, scarlet, green” this visual ​image​ presents dark colours that symbolize death, if they are obscure. ● “drowning eyes” in this visual ​image​ we are directly informed that the man was drowned. Stanza 4: ● “Rain- he could hear it rustling through the dark” In this auditory​ image​, rain symbolises​ sadness. ● The auditory ​image​, “passionless music”, makes reference to something sad and dead (as dead as the man who was drawn). The music has lost its life, so as the man. ● “gently and slowly washing life away” this ​metaphor​ makes reference to death. Stanza 5: ● “Pain” is ​personified ● The following ​simile​ shows the agony that the man is suffering and it is compared with a monster, with a beast: “pain leaped like a prowling beast” ● As the man is dying, he won't be able to achieve his “groping dreams” ● Death is ​personified​ as it came towards him, it “paused and stared” Stanza 6: ● “Light many lamps”, light is a ​symbol​ of life and hope ● The poet announces that the man could be saved and he transmit that in the next ​images​. ○ “lend him your eyes, warm blood and will to live”, the visual and tactile image tells us that there might be an opportunity for him to be alive ○ “Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet” There are possibilities for him to be saved ● The ​voice​ is begging death not to kill the young man who hates war Stanza 7: ● In spite of the fact that someone or something begged not to kill the man, it did it. So “Death replied: “I choose him” So he went”. Here we can also see the ​personification​ of death.
  4. 4. ● “Silence in the summer night” So the auditory ​image​ reflect his death as there is silence at night. “silence and safety” ● Auditory ​image​: “thudding of the guns” Theme​: war poetry, death, dreams Tone​: Agony, confussion Structure​: We believe the lines of the finishing veres are shorter to emphasise how the man is slowly dying, as the poem itself. Anaphora: “Water - clm, sliding green above the weir Water - a sky - lit alley for his boat”