The word ‘plunged’ shows the power of the smoke and how fast it spread it also shows the violence of the smoke and that as it spread it also killed and continued to kill as the war went on. The language in Mametz wood also uses imagery but this is to show the horrors of war and what these soldiers went through to obey orders they were given. We see that the finding of these bodies created havoc and were unexpected to the farmers. The farmers were using ‘plough blades’ to tend to the soil putting it back into place when they come across ‘a chit of bone, the china plate of a shoulder blade’.

This shows the reader how horrific war can be and how fragile the remains of the dead and life its self can be when something undiscovered is found, it also shows that the finding was unexpected making it even worse of behalf of the dead bodies that have eventually been found. The word ‘blades’ creates an image of something violent that can create pain and hurt to people if caught in it like war , but it also creates an image of truth and the eventual finding of these bodies may put many minds at rest and that these bodies will never be forgotten due to the what happened in the war.

We see that the soldiers are belittled to be seen as being a bird when the poet states ‘the blown/ and broken bird’s egg of a skull’. This suggest that the leaders of this war let these brave and determined soldiers down, they let them die for their country doing what ever they could to do to make it right. It also shows the reader that by the poet belittling these soldiers its as if it was the leaders were belittling them showing them that they are second best and that they didn’t have the heart to send the soldiers back to where they were known best or to their loved ones because they knew they would be in the wrong.

The thoughts and feelings in both of these poems both show what leaders caused during the war and how it affected others. The Charge of the Light Brigade is seen to show admiration through out, due to the poet admiring the soldier’s bravery because even thought there was cannons all around them they still ‘boldly rode and well, – into the jaws of death’. This shows the reader that these men sacrificed their lives because their leaders told to them to carry on, it suggests that no matter what they got told to do they would do it because they were determined to obey the orders that they were given even if they knew that it was the wrong decision or they thought death would be likely doing this. It also suggest that the poet admired them because they were brave and skilful no matter what horror they were about to face.


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