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Dreamers Analysis



Author: Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon Type: Poetry Views: 2029

1919Soldiers are citizens of death's gray land,

Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.

In the great hour of destiny they stand,

Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.

Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win

Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.

Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin

They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats,

And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,

Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,

And mocked by hopeless longing to regain

Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,

And going to the office in the train.






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Name three poetic devices and example;(alliteration ex.\'Soldiers are sworn...\')

| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest


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Siegried sassoon was not religios, so the last line was supposed to be sarcasm/ironic

| Posted on 2011-03-16 | by a guest


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Jordan Darling
I wish i had a neck because my friends pay me out about it at school. :(

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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green snakes are green and brown snakes are brown. good poem.

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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Apart from dodging bullets and avoiding death from enemy shells, soldiers dream of being home.

| Posted on 2010-10-30 | by a guest


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The poet mainly emcompasses on describing the more peaceful aspects of life which a soldier might miss in a war instead of focusing on the gory details of the battle. The poet establishes a sense of longing and dread through contrasting the dark days of the war with pleasant things in life which one might have taken for granted. The soldier was expressed as an ordinary people who does not have a chance to carry out the part and parcel of an ordinary person's life but instead had to go through the hardships of battle. Yet, the soldiers stand "in the great hour of destiny", despite whatever troubles they might be encountering currently, they had to fight- not just fight, but "they must win". They must be victorious. The nations hope are burdened onto the soldiers' shoulders, so great, so tremendous. Whilst battling, the soldiers kept in mind that their lives might regain its normality if this battle ends. This thought pushes them to fight with ardour, to fight with courage and determinaation.

| Posted on 2008-07-27 | by a guest


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1919Soldiers are citizens of death's gray land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats,
And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,
And going to the office in the train.

| Posted on 2008-06-01 | by a guest


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1919Soldiers are citizens of death's gray land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats,
And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,
And going to the office in the train.

| Posted on 2008-06-01 | by a guest


.: The existence of the poem :.

This poem revolves around the idea of the escape (the end of the Great War). The wartime propoganda manipulated young men's minds romanticizing war. The dark images such as "fouled dug outs gnashed by rats" contradicts the young mens thoughts of glory and valor and reduces him to a welp whining for his mother and home. "...the longness hoping to regain bank holidays..." the revelation of the young men stirs their longing and diminishes their boyish dreams to fight. At the end of the poem many regret enlisting and wish that they had stayed home.

| Posted on 2008-05-28 | by a guest


.: The existence of the poem :.

This poem revolves around the idea of the escape (the end of the Great War). The wartime propoganda manipulated young men's minds romanticizing war. The dark images such as "fouled dug outs gnashed by rats" contradicts the young mens thoughts of glory and valor and reduces him to a welp whining for his mother and home. "...the longness hoping to regain bank holidays..." the revelation of the young men stirs their longing and diminishes their boyish dreams to fight. At the end of the poem many regret enlisting and wish that they had stayed home.

| Posted on 2008-05-28 | by a guest


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1919... That would be just after world war 1? War was so romantisized until these young men were in it. I just finished studying the war... and the descriptions sound just as bad as they showed in the wartime movies. I agree with greensnake that the images this poem conveys are dark, and that they make the poem. I also agree with the fact that the soldiers are just regular people that were once invovled in regular lives. The fact that they are fighting against other men with similar 'feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows' makes it so much more (heartfelt?)
Needless to say, this poem shows us the unfortunate affects of war and how the soldiers crave a normal life again.

| Posted on 2004-11-03 | by andrya


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The most impressive parts of this piece for me are the images side by side of the horrible and the mundane. I feel that the images of bank holidays, etc. make all the more compelling the images of death. He places his soldiers at one moment as sworn to action and the next as dreamers. As we all have in us many people I find this a very effective method of conveying the feeling that all people who die in war are individuals who will never contribute all that they could have to the world. Unlike Rupert Brooke who seemed to think that all one needed to contribute was one's dead body.

| Posted on 2004-11-02 | by greensnake




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