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Task 3

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Task 3

  1. 1. Task 3 ★ The Kiss: ● Analysis: ○ Themes​: gun use, praising the use of the power of firearms. ○ Tone​: ironic, since it portrays a poem that talks about war in a romantic way. ○ Lyrical I:​ “To these I turn, in these I trust”, as we have no information about the voice of the poem, we don’t know if it’s a he, a she or even a it, so we called him/her “lyrical I”. ○ Alliteration:​ Full of alliterative “S” ■ “Sweet Sister” the alliterative S emphasizes the oxymoron created as Sister symbolises the bullet, and bullets are not sweet at all. It’s controversial, so it’s an oxymoron. ■ “He spins and burns and loves the air”, the alliterative S is used to ironically portray the beauty of the brother, that he is able to “love” the air. An oxymoron is presented as he actually is used for aggressives events, in firearms, so he does not actually love the air, he destroys it. ■ “splits a skull”: alliterative S to emphasis the emotion of admiring the Sister power. ○ Symbols: ■ Brother: in the poem, this refers to the loyal lead, which is used in firearms. The lead is personified and it is called “brother”. ■ Sister: in the poem, this refers to the gun used to fire the bullets. The gun is personified and it is called “sister”.
  2. 2. ■ “blind power”: in the poem it refers to the incredible power held by the use of a gun. ■ “kiss”: in the poem this refers to the act of the bullet hitting the body. ○ Metaphors: ■ “loves the air”: This is ironic since a weapon does not love, its personification shows us that it rather destroy things than love them. ■ “from your downward darting kiss”: through this metaphor the poet is able to describe the act of the bullet hitting the body of a person. Through his ironic tone, he describes this act with love, when it actually has nothing about it. ■ “I guard her beauty clean from rust”, here the poet portrays his affection of firearms, he protects his steel from rusting. ■ “She glitters naked, cold and fair”, the voice presents the firearm with such admiration that he describes the “darting kiss” with something beautiful, shining, glittering. ○ Oxymoron: ■ “Sweet Sister”, a gun can not be sweet. ■ “good fury”, fury can not be good. ■ “He spins and burns and loves the air”, the personified lead used for firearms doesn’t love the air, it destroys it. ○ Images: ■ “To his blind power I make appeal”, in this visual image we can see how powerful the brother, the lead is, as the lyrical I trust the weapon blindly. This means that the voice trust in his weapons out of sight. ■ “up the nobly marching days”, visual image presenting war. ○ Message​: In this poem, the poet conveys the idea of the power of firearms during the war, and it praises its components and how it has to be taken care of. ● Illustrations​: This was the gun used during the war. This represents the “Sister”. It is personified.
  3. 3. This was the “darting kiss”. ★ In Time of The Breaking of Nations: ● Analysis: ○ Themes:​ war, death, battlefields, aftermath. ○ Tone​: careful and alerting. ○ Alliteration: ■ The first stanza is full of alliterative “S” to emphasise the empty setting at war, the effects and the consequences of it as war brings death and loneliness.
  4. 4. ● “harrowing clods” ● “Slow silent walk” ● “old horse that stumbles and nods” ● “half asleep as they stalk” ○ Metaphors: ■ “Slow silent walk”, the alliteration portrays the fact that the man is alone, since everyone else is in “silence”, they are all dead. ■ “Half asleep as they stalk”, the poet uses the previous simile to express the fact that war weakened the man and the horse in such a way that they are described as being almost asleep. “Sleep” represents death, so the poet emphasizes the fact that they are dying, or at least that they are so ill that they soon will. ○ Symbols: ■ “only a man”, they are all dead. ■ “old horse”, referring to death as it’s near it. ■ “maid and her wright”, ghostly apparition. ○ Images​: ■ “only a man”, visual powerful image emphasises the conditions after war, the fact that everyone else is dead. ■ “Slow silent walk”, auditory and a visual image on how dark and cautious the man was, he is so damage from war that he is not able to walk properly. ■ “Thin smoke without flame”, this visual and tactile image describes the postwar conditions of the fighting. ■ “from the heaps of couch-grass” this visual image illustrates the setting after war, as it describes the damaged grass after it has been in flames. ■ “come whispering by”, through an auditory image, the poet successes calling the reader’s attention to express his message as whispers contained value and secret information. ○ Hyperbaton:​ “yet this will go onward the same”, emphasizes the fact that no matter who is fighting against, their will always be war. The fighings are inherited to the following generations and so on “through dinastiss pass” ○ Message​: The message of the story is that war will always happen no matter who is in charge. “Yet this will go on wards the same though Dynasties pass”, even though time passes on, war will always meet the following generations. The poet is telling us that when there are people, there is war. So by illustrating and showing the effects of our horrible encounters, he is trying to warn us the consequences of our acts. He does this with the desire that we can analyse whether the fights worth
  5. 5. the destruction they caused. The poem is trying to prevent new wars, by presenting the damages past ones caused. The poet presents a ghostly apparition, symbolising death, to reveal the truth of war: “War’s annals will cloud into night Ere their story die” By presenting the previous metaphor, the poet emphasises the fact that what happens at war will disappear because everything that takes place at it, dies. ● Illustrations: This is the aftermath after a battle which can happen during war. Here we can see the “slow silent walk”, few men, an “old horse”, “thin smoke without flame” coming “from the heaps of couch-grass”.   By Juana Pérez Muniz and Vignesh Manwani 

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