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To Germany by Charles Hamilton Sorley

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Transcript of To Germany by Charles Hamilton Sorley

"To Germany"
Structure
Apostrophe

"You are blind like us."
Enjambment

But gropers both through fields of thought confined
We stumble and we do not understand.
Sonnet

14 lines
-Octave has 8
-Sestet has 6
Masculine End Rhyme

We stumble and we do not understand.
You only saw your future bigly planned.
Tone

First Stanza: Sad and Somber
Second Stanza: Hopeful
Analysis
To Germany
by Charles Hamilton Sorley
You are blind like us. Your hurt no man designed,
And no man claimed the conquest of your land.
But gropers both through fields of thought confined
We stumble and we do not understand.
You only saw your future bigly planned,
And we, the tapering paths of our own mind,
And in each other's dearest ways we stand,
And hiss and hate. And the blind fight the blind.

When it is peace, then we may view again
With new-won eyes each other's truer form
And wonder. Grown more loving-kind and warm
We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain,
When it is peace. But until peace, the storm,
The darkness and the thunder and the rain.
You are blind like us. Your hurt no man designed,
And no man claimed the conquest of your land.
But gropers both through fields of thought confined
We stumble and we do not understand.
Comparing Britain and Germany
Both are moving through the war for a reason the soldiers don't know or understand
Cacophony and Euphony

Helps influence the tone.

First Stanza- Cacophony
"Blind", "gropers", "stumble", "pain", "rain", "hiss", and "hate"

Second Stanza- Euphony
"Peace", "laugh", "warm", "new-won", "wonder"
Bibliography
Rumens, Carol. "Poem of the Week: To Germany by Charles Hamilton Sorley." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 14 Nov. 2012. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.
You only saw your future bigly planned,
And we, the tapering paths of our own mind,
And in each other's dearest ways we stand,
And hiss and hate. And the blind fight the blind.
Onomatopoeia
"Hiss"

Alliteration
"Hiss and hate"

Assonance
"O" Sound used a lot for somber
tone
Germans: only driven for political gain
British: only driven for self-gain
When it is peace, then we may view again
With new-won eyes each other's truer form
When the war is over, the British and Germans can finally see each other's real nature
And wonder. Grown more loving-kind and warm
We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain,
Socializing after the war.
When it is peace. But until peace, the storm,
The darkness and the thunder and the rain.
They will only be able to be friends when the war (the storm) has ended.
By Audrey MacDonald and Ian Greeley
Anti-war
And hiss and hate. And the blind fight the blind.

When it is peace, then we may view again
With new-won eyes each other's truer form
And wonder. Grown more loving-kind and warm
We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain,
When it is peace. But until peace, the storm,
The darkness and the thunder and the rain.
To Germany
The Title is self-explanatory
Charles Hamilton Sorley
You are blind like us. Your hurt no man designed,
A
And no man claimed the conquest of your land.
B
But gropers both through fields of thought confined
A
We stumble and we do not understand.
B
You only saw your future bigly planned,
B
And we, the tapering paths of our own mind,
A
And in each other's dearest ways we stand,
B
And hiss and hate. And the blind fight the blind.
A

When it is peace, then we may view again
C
With new-won eyes each other's truer form
D
And wonder. Grown more loving-kind and warm
D

We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain,
C
When it is peace. But until peace, the storm,
D
The darkness and the thunder and the rain.
C
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