Mametz Wood By Owen Sheers
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area providing a lasting memorial, the battle of somme. Someone uncovering remains of the bodies. 1st 4 stanzas- farming. last 3 stanzas- skeletons. Varying line lengths suggest disruption of war to the lives of people. They break up the uniformity of Stanza length. Can create image of uneven field. Language is plain and simple, evoke a sense of time, reflects that the unearthing of bodies has become usual and normal.
the wasted young
gloomy, macabre, dismal, tragic
as they tended the land back into itself,
As if farmers are nursing and caring but there was a time it was used for massacre. Earth recovering after war. Real life is about calmness.
A chit of bone, the china plate of a shoulder blade,
the relic of a finger
Fragment sacred, saintly, artifact, precious. Remains fragile, metaphor, respectful.
and broken bords egg of a skull,
plosive sound, alliteration as if soul of person is fragile and should be cared for showing life is fragile.
all mimicked now in flint, breaking blue in white,
have become part of land, stone. Image of china, or near heaven.
where they were told to walk not run.
criticism- poor orders, to avoid chaos
towards the woods and its nesting machine guns
Links nature with battle or unforeseen danger.
And even now the Earth stands sentinel,
Personification, earth is permanent. Contrasts with changeability of humans.
Like a wound working a foreign body to the surface of the skin
Land is being damaged by war. Pushed up for us to realise the evil that happened here.
A broken mosaic of bone linked arm in arm
Being together in end, image of comradeship. Describing as work of art, fragments are like broken pieces of mosaic.
Their skeletons paused mid dance-macabre
Funeral dance. Contrasts with tone of poem, makes it more solemn and poignant.
Their socketed heads tilted back at an angle
Eyes wide open, horror
and their jaws, those that have them, dropped open.
Image of shock.
As if the notes they had sung
They are now being heard by the world, speaking loudly to the audience that war is wrong
slipped from their absent tongues
They are gone but their bodies are still speaking.