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Flashcards in Remains Deck (17):
1

“On another occasion”

-Begins mid action
-Anecdotal Language (matter of fact)

2

“Legs it” “Tosses his guts”

Colloquialism

3

“Myself and somebody else and somebody else”

-Deflects blame
-Minimises role

4

“Probably armed, possibly not”

-Guilt
-PTSD (effect of his actions)
-Repetition shows the conflicting ideas of the soldier

5

“I see every round as it rips through his life”

-Violent metaphor (highlights soldiers guilt and shock)
-Different aspect of conflict (conflicting thoughts… mentally)

6

“Then I’m home on leave.”

-Caesura
-Hoping for an end

7

“and I swear/I see every round as it rips through his life”

-Enjambment
-Break highlights the moment the speaker becomes a broken man

8

“Blood-shadow”

-Memory of the man
-Blood = death
-Shadow = memories lingering

9

“One of my mates goes by/and tosses his guts back into his body”

-Juxtaposition
-Severity of event is compared with relaxed and careless mannerisms
-Colloquialism
-Imagery… binmen

10

“Some distant, sun-stunned, sand-smothered land”

-Sibilance
-Oxymoron

11

“His bloody life in my bloody hand”

-MY… shift in responsibility (‘somebody else and somebody else’) responsibility taken
-Macbeth reference
-Raw & harsh image conveying the speakers unstable mental state of guilt after war (PTSD)

12

Speaker?

Guardsman Tromans (Basra, Iraq)

13

Collection?

The Not Dead
-“These are poems of survivors”
-“Men who return from war in body but never wholly, in mind”

14

Main Themes?

-Guilt
-After-effects of war
-PTSD
-Mental and physical conflict

15

Anti War or Pro War?

Anti War

16

Stanzas?

-8 Stanzas
-All 4 lines (last line 2 lines)

17

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Simon Armitage