Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky And the affrighted steed ran on alone, Do not weep. The speaker constantly tells individuals to not weep after describing in detail the manner of their loved ones deaths. There is not virtue or excellence in killing, but the consoler would have you to believe there is and that it is worth suffering and dying for. Mother whose heart hung humble as a button On the bright splendid shroud of your son, Do not weep. The unexplained glory flies above them, Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom -- A field where a thousand corpses lie.
The imagery and word choices help the reader analyze the sarcastic tone in the poem. W: The syntax is directed towards the diction of mother, babe, and maiden. Crane fails to acknowledge this. Mother whose heart hung humble as a button On the bright splendid shroud of your son, Do not weep. This is another reason as to why the audience can receive a notion that the speaker must be trying to be sarcastic.
I'm doing a analytical paper with war has the topic. The author is very critical of war and questions if the loss of life and limb are worth it. My initial inference is correct in that this is indeed what Crane was intending. The speaker in the poem uses irony as a strategy to convince the reader of the harsh reality of war. The unexplained glory flies above them.
Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches, Raged at his breast, gulped and died, Do not weep. He does not mean that war is kind, but unjust and cruel. This image is reminiscent of scenes in Western movies. I- The imagery throughout the poem is the men fighting in the war and the women who were close to them crying over them. The maiden had been crying for her dead lover who had thrown his hands towards the sky, in which a horse appears to get scared and leaves the man alone on his own. Even though these men are trained to fight, they should not be.
Glory cannot fly therefore the Crane gave glory the characteristics of a bird. The beginning stanza confirms the tone while it addresses the lover of a soldier who has died in battle. The speaker also tries to convince a baby of the positive aspects of war. The poem is structured into five stanzas that seem to go back and forth, brilliance explained upon further examination. Readers read such diction in a poem and expect that the whole poem will be negative.
The poem discusses the death of soldiers and the effect this has on their loved ones--a topic which clearly does not portray any sort of kindness in war. Crane then employs a melodramatic image of the soldier's death with a riderless horse that gallops away from its fallen owner. Mother whose heart hung humble as a buttonOn the bright splendid shroud of your son,Do not weep. Stephen Crane's five-stanza poem titled 'War is Kind' has an ironic tone. Including conversations, all of the narrations clearly describes a different characteristic between the narrator and other people.
Do not weep, babe, for war is kind. Point for them the virtue of slaughter, Make plain to them the excellence of killing And a field where a thousand corpses lie. Swift blazing flag of the regiment, Eagle with crest of red and gold, These men were born to drill and die. Crane argues that wars continue to happen because military strategists, generals, and the like don't see soldiers as real people; they only see them as born to drill and die, like cattle. However, the facts that he uses in his stanza prove that war is not kind. The soldiers are drilled to die. Even though this is to sound ironic the phrase really means the opposite of what the character is trying to tell the girl.
Swift blazing flag of the regiment, Eagle with crest of red and gold, These men were born to drill and die. In this way it echoes the stories and scenes from Crane's Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Crane uses the poem, through the speaker, to address the lover of a soldier who has died in battle. War presents soldiers with brutal conditions and often results in a high death count, and I think Crane is trying to portray the message that we should avoid war. F- There only figurative language is the contradiction of war being kind.
He does not mean that war is kind, but that war creates Misery. The very title of the poem is a curious choice of words that immediately displays the sarcasm that will come up throughout the piece. In terms of diction, no use of archaic words is noticed; however, the repetition of war is kind beckons that the war may not be as supportive and glorified as assumed. There is use of commas and dashes throughout the poem to add detail and pose rhetorical statements. Also the imagery that Crane provides throughout the poem represents all the horrid aspects of a war. The poem's speaker, simultaneously sympathetic with the victims of war and cynical about the purposes of war, implicitly criticizes the image of the romantic hero, showing in graphic scenes the realities of battlefield death and the emotional torment it causes for those left behind. Most readers would feel sympathy toward the maiden, and then the speaker says what readers would not expect.
Having already established his literary reputation at 23 as the author of The Red Badge of Courage and many newspaper stories on wars around the globe, Crane was able to secure an advance for the collection. I'm using two literary text to compare different contrast on the war. Conclusion: Crane uses the horrors of war to make the phrase war is kind mean less and less in the poem. The poet uses imagery and irony to make a picture of the uselessness of war. Loud booming regiment drumsYoung men thirsting to fight,These men were born to fight and die. The tone of his descriptions is ironic. Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment, Little souls who thirst for fight, These men were born to drill and die.