Friday, 31 March 2017

English

Comparative Poetry - Essay Frame

Use the essay frame below to compare the poems

Compare how the poets in Flanders Fields and We Shall Keep the Faith express ideas of war


Both poems In Flanders Fields and We Shall Keep the Faith are both about war
The writers in both poems express the emotions and the memories about war
This makes the reader think about the life people lived at those times

Both poems use symbolism. In Flanders Fields the poet uses ‘poppies’  to represent people who fought in the war
Similarly in We Shall Keep the Faith the poet uses ‘fields’ to represent the battle ground
This makes the reader think war is dangerous and something to avoid because the word battle usually associates with blood and death


Both poems use imagery. In Flanders Field the poet uses ‘torch’ to create a picture of victory and life
In Flanders Field the poet uses ‘foe’ to create an image of enemies and conflict
This makes the reader think war is a competition between both sides because war is started and is only ended if there is a winner


Both poems use aural effects. In Flanders Field the poet uses ‘larks singing’ to create the onomatopoeic effect of suspense
Similarly in We Shall Keep the Faith the poet uses ‘Flanders Field’ to create the sound of poppies blowing
This creates the sense that war is fast paced Because wind normally blows fast and can carry debris


Overall, both poems are trying to express the idea that war is a conflict that can cause damage and harm to people those around them
In particular, In Flanders Field the poet is trying to say that war can cause harm (in the dead soldiers voices)
While in We Shall Keep the Faith the poet is saying that soldiers are heroes and will never be forgotten in history  







In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
       In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
      In Flanders fields.

John McCrae








We shall keep the faith

Oh! You who sleep in Flanders' Fields
Sleep sweet - to rise anew;
We caught the torch you threw,
And holding high we kept
The faith with those who died.

We cherish, too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
But lends a lustre to the red
On the flower that blooms above the dead
      In Flanders' fields.

And now the torch and Poppy red
Wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught:
We've learned the lesson that ye taught
      In Flanders' fields.

Moina Michael

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