Flashcards in Exposure x COTLB Deck (11)
- “cannon to the right…..”
- “theirs not to make reply…..”
- “half a league half a league half a league onwards!”
- “merciless east winds that knive us”
- “what are we doing here?”
- “dawn massing in the east”
both poems convey the immediate threat posed to young, vulnerable soldiers sent out to war.
- COTLB is a real human threat
- exposure the lack of humans is the threat
- repetition “cannon to the right of them….”
- first two lines contain “to” where as the last is “in” which represents the gradual encroachment of the cannons killing the soldiers, realisation of their death.
- “them” shows them to be a subject rather than actual people, dehumanising them.
- fact there is no behind shows there is no going back for the soldiers.
- 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, makes ppl question war.
-both poems talk of fate and destiny, and the soldier apparent suffocation of such control over these privileges.
- repetition “theirs not to make reply….”
- “not” for the first two lines, “but” for the final one symbolises the priorities of the military. more concerned about duty and order than life itself.
- repetition of “theirs” is ironic bcz it makes it seem as if the soldiers are in control but audience knows they aren’t.
- despite being poet laurette, conveys tennyson’s distaste in the way british military operate.
- 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.
reflects how soldiers are heading towards an inevitable death
- 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.
- 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.