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The Drum by John Scott

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Abi Adeniyi

on 12 November 2012

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By John Scott The Drum Fact file about John Scott Read the poem Poem was written August 3rd 1782 Scott thinks those who died in the war are being
slaughtered and not sacrificied. It was first aired 17 September 2007. John Scott was opposed to all viloence. The poem remained popular and reprinted many times during the subsequent wars with France. The poem is about war. Scott presents his idea about slaughter, he shows his feelings about the war. ' I hate that drum's discordant sound ' It refers to the drum that is the sound before the men go out to battle. Therefore he associates the sound of the drum to war. This line is repeated in the second stanza this emphasises Scott's hatred of the war. The first stanza shows what the drums mean to young lads who dream of being a soldier, gives a positive view on sacrifice as it uses words like 'fall' which is romanticised language, gives the idea that is very heroic and brave to die for ones country. First stanza The quote Second stanza This views a more graphic and realistic image to what war was really like. The second stanza shows his views on war and he shows the death that occurs is more slaughter than sacrifice its self. Instead of using romanticised language he says 'and magled limbs, and dying groans' This stanza is shocking to the readers so they can understand the true horrors of war. Scott effectively presents his critiscm on the way people percieve war when he uses two contrasting stanzas. He presents his ideas by creating strong and powerful images, uses personification to achieve this when it says 'and all that misery's hand bestows' Themes Sorrow Sadness Violence Slaughter War Death Sacrifice The quote 'And mangled limbs, and dying groans' John Scott also known as Scott of Amwell, was a wealthy quaker who lived in Amwell near Ware in Hertfordshire, England. He is now remembered mainly for his shell grotto, which was restored by the Ware Society in 1991 and is now open to the public; He is also known for pastoral verse – his Poetical Works were published in 1782. His biography was supposed to be written by Samuel Johnson but was written by John Hoole. By Abi and Bekka :)
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