Flashcards in Exposure Deck (38):
Who wrote this poem?
What is the poem about on the surface?
Who's point of view do we observe?
A soldier in the trenches.
What does this quote represent? - 'What are we doing here?'
The soldiers battle with his conscience.
What are the Narrators opinions on god? (2)
Looks up to god.
Feels a strong connection.
What is the key theme of the last stanza? How can we tell?
Repetition of 'His' shows how god frowns upon war.
How are feelings expressed in the poem?
They're not, the feelings of the protagonist are muted.
When was the poem written?
What was the poems intended purpose?
To Give a worm's-eye view of the front line, based on Owen's experiences in the winter of 1917
What semantic fields can we observe throughout the poem? (3)
Aggression and Violence.
What is this an example of? - 'air shuddered'
What does the quote 'flock, pause, renew' represent?
The process of war.
What does the repetition of collective pronouns represent? (2)
Soldiers are seen as a group instead of individuals.
The soldiers see each other as family.
What does the quote 'all their eyes are ice' suggest?
The soldiers are emotionless.
The juxtaposition of words with violence could be considered as ______?
What does the calm sibilance in stanza 1 contrast?
The feeling of war.
How does the poems overall negativity show the poet's feelings about the topic?
He does not approve of war.
What does the poet's futility represent?
Shows that he could have been forced to fight.
How are bullets and weather compared in the poem?
That perhaps the weather killed more people than the war.
What stereotype does this poem contrast?
That war is brave, not boring.
What type of language, imagery, writing and wording can we observe?
What do the rhetorical questions represent?
The soldiers don't understand while they're fighting.
What does the repetition of 'But nothing happens' show?
How many lines is each stanza? And what does this represent?
The repetition of war.
What is the purpose of the first stanza?
What does the entirety of the poem, minus the first stanza represent?
His thought process.
What could the biblical wording and tone throughout the poem represent?
That perhaps the narrator was brought up religious.
What do we witness happening to the faith of the solider as the poem progresses?
He starts to lose faith.
What does the use of enjambment show?
That the war is ongoing.
What does the alliteration, 'feeling for our faces' show?
The soldiers fogged view of the situation.
How could interpretation alter the end of the poem?
It could have multiple different ends.
What could a lack of rhyming pattern represent in the poem?
The unpredictability of war.
Why did the author indent the last line at the end of each stanza?
Allows for/shows emphasis.
How and why is it significant that God is only directly mentioned at the end of the poem?
Signifies that God is only there at the end of life, the soldiers are beginning to fear for their lives.
What does the use of ellipsis' in the first section of the poem show?
That the narrator is stopping to think.
And perhaps the reader should too.
Was is the author trying to show through personification?
Nature was the enemy.
How does the length of the poem relate to its context?
Its long and tedious, much like war.