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Transcript of Poetry 2014
World War 2 Poetry
Mr. Harris 9A
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Analysis of the Poem
- Brian Gallie
- During World War 2
- Responsibility? Nobility? Patriotism?
TO A GERMAN AIRMAN
Who flew slowly through the British Fleet
Perhaps you knew not what you did,
That what you did was good;
Perhaps the head I saw was dead,
Or blind with its own blood.
Perhaps the wings you thought you ruled,
With sky and sea beneath,
Beat once with love for God above -
And flew you to your death.
Perhaps: but I prefer to think
That something in you, friend,
No inch would give to land
But conscious chose the
That something in you, like a bird,
Knowing no cage’s bars,
Courage supreme – an instant dream
Of mind beneath the stars:
Misguided, arrogant, or proud,
But– beyond telling – great,
Made you defy our fire and fly
Straight on, to meet your fate.
Steel-‐capped, we cowered as you went,
Defiant and alone;
A noble thing, we watched you wing
Your way to the unknown.
You passed us, still a mile from death,
Rocked by the wind of shell;
We held our breath, until to death
Magnificent you fell.
Whatever comet lit your track –
Contempt, belief, or hate –
You let us see an enemy
Although people have done some terrible things, sometimes what comes out of it is what counts. Sometimes, you have to look at both sides of something & someone.
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In conclusion, Brian Gallie wants to teach his readers that
The subtheme relates to the theme because war has many opinions on whether its a good or bad thing. Yes, you are killing people but to protect and stand by your country. When pilots and soldiers are put in this awkward position, they will feel guilty for not protecting their country or guilty for killing innocent people. They can't have it both ways. Overall the techniques helps express Brian Gallie's experiences of war by trying to explain that you must look at different perspectives of any situation or any human before judging them.
The poem, “To A German Airman” is written by the poet Brian Gallie. The poem starts off interrogating the German Airman to try and find out what navigated him to do what he did, if it was a responsibility or if patriotism got in the way, or perhaps God took control of the wings the German Airman thought he had control of. The middle kicks off describing how the German Airman knew that sky was not the limit, that his nobility towards his country was what kept his fire going until the ending of his story. The ending then concludes that despite all the people and families he hurt, he still served his Country and fought until his last breath. I will be reviewing the question...
. The three techniques I will use to evaluate and reflect to answer the question are:
Imagery, Symbolism and Metaphor
. All of this will help us answer the question by being in the soldier's shoes and seeing something from different perspectives.
I will be reviewing the technique,
For example, in stanza 23/24
This is a technique of imagery because it helps paint a vivid picture of what the war was like
The pilot’s job was very dangerous, anything could happen at any moment. But his nobility to his country made him put all of his fears aside as he made his way into the unknown. This is how Brian Gallie uses his language and voice to help picture an image into the readers mind about his experiences of war.
I will be reviewing the technique, “
.” For example, in stanza 13/14
. This is a technique of symbolism because it uses a simile, “like a bird” to describe the freedom of the pilot
This example connects to the theme of the poem because the pilot was finally free after all the horrifying, terrible things that happened during the war. Another example is in stanza 3/4
This is a technique of symbolism because during war, explosions, bombs and guns go off - bodies on top of bodies cover the ground in blood so you're not sure who is alive and who was killed instantly
This is how Brian Gallie uses language to help paint a picture into the readers mind about his experiences of war.
I will be reviewing the technique,
For example, in stanza 26
This is a technique of metaphor because "the wind of shell" is a strong wind that knocks the pilot down. The people that witnessed this watched him magnificently fall to his death. This is a powerful example that shows how a situation or experience of something horrifying in the war gives a wake up call to the people involved. Showing them that its something serious and its reality, not a dream. This is how the Brian Gallie used the technique 'metaphor' to show his experience of war.
Artwork by Aliyaa Haji & Seba El-Aker
Poetry of World War 2.pdf
How does the poet use language to help express their experiences of war?