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The Debt Unpayable

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Samantha Walker

on 19 November 2015

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Transcript of The Debt Unpayable

World War one Poetry
Samantha Walker & Haley Wilson
written by:Francis William Bourdillon
The Debt Unpayable

WHAT have I given,
Bold sailor on the sea,
In earth or heaven,
That you should die for me?

What can I give,
O soldier, leal and brave,
Long as I live,
To pay the life you gave?

What tithe or part
Can I return to thee,
O stricken heart,
That thou shouldst break for me?

The wind of Death
For you has slain life’s flowers,
It withereth
(God grant) all weeds in ours

The poem is about how we have a debt to the men and women who have given their lives to this country so that we can be free.
Literal meaning and figurative meaning
Theme
The theme is that we can never repay the lives that were sacrificed for our freedom.
Tone/mood
The tone is grateful, while the mood is morbid
Structure
sound and rhythm techniques

Language and imagery
Relevance to present day 21st century
it has four stanzas with a quatrain
"For you has slain life's flowers"
"The wind of Death"
ABAB
CDCD
EFEF
GHI
WHAT have I given,
Bold sailor on the sea,
In earth or heaven,
That you should die for me?

What can I give,
O soldier, leal and brave,
Long as I live,
To pay the life you gave?

What tithe or part
Can I return to thee,
O stricken heart,
That thou shouldst break for me?

The wind of Death
For you has slain life’s flowers,
It withereth
(God grant) all weeds in ours
WHAT have I given,
Bold sailor on the sea,
In earth or heaven,
That you should die for me?

What can I give,
O soldier, leal and brave,
Long as I live,
To pay the life you gave?

What tithe or part
Can I return to thee,
O stricken heart,
That thou shouldst break for me?

The wind of Death
For you has slain life’s flowers,
It withereth
(God grant) all weeds in ours
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