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Poetry Interpretation

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Transcript of Poetry Interpretation

Structure
Elegy
Language and Diction
Verse Form
We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael
Poetry Interpretation
a mournful, melancholy, sombre poem; a lament for those who died in World War I
Elements of an elegy mirror the stages of loss.
First, there is a lament, where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, then praise and admiration, and finally consolation and solace.
Lament: "We caught the torch you threw" [3].
Praise: "The blood of heroes never dies" [9]
Consolation: "We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought" [15].
Situation
Tone
Title
Theme
Imagery
and Connotative Words and Phrases
Literary Devices and
Figurative Language and Poetic Devices
Inspired by "We Shall Not Sleep" by John McCrae

Created the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy

Moina Michael was an active campaigner of the war, and
the cause of actively remembering those who served in the war.


Moina Michael became known as “The Poppy Lady” through her campaigning for the Memorial Poppy.
Section 1: Lament

Oh!

you who
sleep
in
Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to
rise

anew!
We caught the torch
you

threw
And
holding high,
we
keep the Faith
With
All who died.

Section 2: Praise
Section 3: Consolation

And now
the Torch and Poppy Red
We
wear in honor of
our
dead.
Fear not
that
ye
have died for naught;
We'll

teach the lesson
that
ye
wrought
In Flanders Fields.
We
cherish, too, the
poppy red
That
grows on fields
where
valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That
blood of heroes

never dies
,
But
lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms
above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
Structured, rhyme

Successive sentences
Prose-like
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise
anew
!
We caught the torch you
threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy
red
That grows on fields where valor
led
;
It seems to signal to the
skies
That blood of heroes never
dies
,
But lends a lustre to the
red
Of the flower that blooms above the
dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy
Red
We wear in honor of our
dead
.
Fear not that ye have died for
naught
;
We'll teach the lesson that ye
wrought
In Flanders Fields.
Symbolism of a person that will live on in history, because they died a hero.

The person was honored by their service. The torch shows victory. It brings light and hope after death,

They "held the torch high," they kept the Faith with everyone who died in the war.

Blooming after adversity. Courage allows remembrance.

The poppies were a signal to those who died that they are not forgotten. It is in the ground that the flowers bloom, showing hope and recovery.

Shows purpose of remembering those who died, reassuring them that it was not for nothing.
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
.

Oh!
you who
sleep in
Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught
the torch
you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died
.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where
valor led
;
It seems to signal to the skies
That
blood of heroes
never dies
,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that
ye
have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that
ye
wrought
In Flanders Fields.
The torch is a
metaphor
for faith and hope that the soldiers passed onto the next generation, like an Olympic torch.

Holding the it high expresses the idea that the faith is still lit and that they are passing it on after their death.


Apostrophe
of "you who" as setting the audience as the soldiers who died.

Metonymy
of "blood of heroes" to show life and living

Personification
of "blood" and "valor"

Hyperbole
allows for irony of "never dies" to show purpose and call to action

Repetition of "In Flanders Fields"

General:
Euphony: smooth flow
Caesura: cutting of sentences
There is a a calm, yet motivated mood.

Allows the reader to feel the sorrows but also feel a sense of calm for honoring those who've died.

Allows Michael to actively motivate her audience and call to action, making it didactic.

We Shall Keep the Faith
"The blood of heroes never dies"

Thank you for being here today!
That concludes my presentation
Symbolic of Michael's call to action
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