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'Poppies' By Jane Weir

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Victoria Gunn

on 16 June 2013

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Transcript of 'Poppies' By Jane Weir

Subject Matter
'Poppies' By Jane Weir
Why is it called 'Poppies'?
Armistice Sunday began as a way of marking the end of the First World War in 1918. It was set up so people could remember the hundreds and thousands of ordinary men who had been killed in the First World War. Today, we use poppies as a symbol of showing our respect towards these men. This is because the fields in which the men were buried blossomed with poppies which we now associate with the deaths of these soilders.
Where was the poem set?
The poem is set in the present day but reaches right back to the beginning of the Poppy Day tradition. Today, Armistice Sunday is used to remember soldiers of all wars all over the world who have died since then.
Form and Structure
There are four clear stanzas, the first and last with six lines, the second with 11 and the third 12.
Emotion and Passion
The biggest movement in the poem, however, is in the narrative structure.
Attitudes, themes and ideas
The poem is about the nature of grief.
The son leaving home for school on his own for the first time.
The son who has just been killed.
Beneath the surface the son dying violently in a field hospital in Afghanistan.
The final lines then go back to the past tense "I traced…"
Language and Imagery
Metaphor and symbolism
'Poppies' By Jane Weir
I would now like you to listen to the poem itself so that you can feel the way it is supposed to be read.

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