By Susanne Christine Puissant
How does irony have an effect on the overview and perception of the 1st global battle either then and now? Irony and the Poetry of the 1st international battle strains one of many significant good points of warfare poetry from the author's software as a method of cover, feedback or mental remedy to its conception and interpretation via the reader.
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Especially its third stanza portrays earth as a jealous and hungry monster. The deaths of the soldiers seem to be part of a larger plan. In the end, enemy and friend lie identically together (see also Owen’s Strange Meeting), with bones crushed by the limber rolling over them as if they were nothing more than dry branches randomly spread in the countryside. Even the single grave, preserving at least some kind of honour in an intact setting, is exchanged for a garbage heap of corpses in times of war.
The deaths of the soldiers seem to be part of a larger plan. In the end, enemy and friend lie identically together (see also Owen’s Strange Meeting), with bones crushed by the limber rolling over them as if they were nothing more than dry branches randomly spread in the countryside. Even the single grave, preserving at least some kind of honour in an intact setting, is exchanged for a garbage heap of corpses in times of war. ‘The earth that ought to have been (as in pastoral) a consoling home for the living and a regenerative grave for the dead had become instead a grave for the living and a home for Evasion 41 the dead’ (Gilbert, 1999, p.
The hostile world of the trenches as opposed to peacetime nature is further marked by the syntactical isolation of the word ‘exposed’. As a formal as well as syntactical caesura, the participle reveals the soldier’s transition from the quiet resting place, as described up to stanza 5, into the hostile world of the war marked by the explosion of shells. ’ (Lane, 1972, p. 138). In this life-threatening environment, however, the soldier takes an active part as killer and as victim who ‘leaps’ over the flying bullets, an action the young veteran in Disabled failed to achieve.
Irony and the Poetry of the First World War by Susanne Christine Puissant