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The Call- W.N.Hodgson

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Danielle McNerney

on 27 February 2011

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Transcript of The Call- W.N.Hodgson

W.N Hodgson 3rd January 1893-1st July 1916 He was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme. He wrote under the pen name
Edward Melbourne He published both
stories and poems 'The Call'
This poem has positive and patriotic language "Arcady" describing the perfect place, Hodgsons writing is very positive compared to other poems which he wrote such as 'Before Action'. There is a lot of positive alliteration within this poem "wonderful white", "frost and flame", "swift sun", "windy hair and wet wine lips". This alliteration symbolises the positivity in this imagery allows the reader to see how Hodgson's attitude reflects the time which the poem was written as it shows that there is still a sense of patriotism within his writing and his poem also reflected the feelings of many of the other soldiers involved in the war. "Ah!" the exclamation mark at the end of the first word of the poem allows the reader to see how this will be a pro-war poem and how the patriotism will be very dominant throughout. The positivity is so dominant to the extent that the reader begins to view Hodgson as ignorant of the realities of war which we see that he is because it is the early stages of the war and the soldiers have not yet witnessed the brutalities and major battles such at the Battle of Loos. The seven equal stanzas emphasise the poets sense of control reflecting the time period of which the poem was written as it is still at the very early stages emphasising that there was still a feel of control about the war. The statement "blood was high" emphasises
the enthusiasm of the soldiers and how it
was still early enough in the war for the
glorification and sense of duty to be dominant within the poem. The focus of the imagery is on nature "life-giving" and this allows the reader to see how the soldiers were still being influenced and drawn in by the idealised version of the war.
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