Flashcards in Exposure x COLTB Deck (11)
- what are we doing here?
- merciless east winds that knive us
- dawn massing in the east
- when can their glory fade?
- half a league half a league half a league onwards!
- into the valley of death
- innocent young men facing consequences of corrupt decisions out of their control
- COLTB = glorious
- exposure = weak and inexperienced
- rhetorical question “what are we doing here”
- rhetorical question shows they are looking for an answer, yet society as a whole cannot provide an answer as to why they are sent to war.
- ‘we’ is ironic bcz soldiers are not actually in charge of their own destiny. trained to question themselves before authority.
- wider contextual point questioning the moral expectations of the british public.
- rhetorical question “when can their glory fade?”
- emphasises importance of sacrificing everything in a patriotic manner, despite it being biggest cluster in history soliders are still seen in a positive light
- fade suggests the soldiers are heading towards an inevitable death, where glory will remain in the afterlife
- as poet laurette, state was clearly insecure abt public opinion on war
- both display the threat to soldiers
- coltb uses well known archaic description
- exposure shows nature to be greatest threat
- dactylic diameter “half a league half a league”
- rhythm runs parallel to that of horse hooves. fast and unstoppable nature reflects how the soldiers are powerless to their inevitable death
- purpose of this is for Tennyson to save the solider’s humility by saying it was not their fault, but the sheer power of the enemy.
- personifies nature “merciless east wind that knives us.”
- alikens the nature to some sort of tyrannical, oppressive leader, showing the soliders to be a slave to their master.
- quote is beginning of a pararhyme, showing the discomfort, fragmented nature of war
- contextually, it makes the reader question the need for war, as the suffering of the soldiers is difficult to comprehend.
-prevelant theme of injustice. nature is englufing both sets of characters in both stories
-repetition “theirs not to make reply….”
- personification “dawn massing in the east”
- contrasts to usual preception of hope with dawn. Instead, soldiers situation is so bleak that even dawn is deadly for them, representing how they are void of hope.
- dawn is described using a military phrase “massing” alikening nature to a military enemy.