HOW DO THE POETS SHAPE THE READER’S RESPONSE TO THE THEME OF CONFLICT IN A SELECTION OF POEMS FROM THE MOON ON THE TIDES?
In this essay I am going to use the poems Flag by John Agard and Futility by Wilfred Owen to show how the poets shape the reader’s response to the theme of conflict. To do so I am going to compare and analyse the poems in three different aspects: content and mood, structure, and imagery and linguistic techniques which will define the structure of this essay.
In this first paragraph I am going to explore the content and get into the mood with which the poets try to move the readers about the theme of conflict.
In Flag, John Agard addresses themes such as reflexion, symbolism and patriotism. We can see reflexion in Flag thanks to the rhetorical questions that start all of the seven stanzas. The intend of the poet is to make the reader ask himself about his own attitude. Symbolism is showed by the answer to these questions: “it’s just a piece of cloth”. This answer represent the “flag” that is mentioned at the end of the poem. By that mean, it could be considered that the poet takes such a prideful, meaningful object and makes it as worthless as “a piece of cloth” in order to make us question that symbol. Patriotism is finally shown in the last line of each stanza as the answer to every question. Each answer describes the power of the flag on people and again, makes the reader wonder how a piece of cloth can have such this effect.
In Futility, we find ourselves in a deadly, nostalgic, hopeful, or bitterly mood. Wilfred Owen tells us about death using the sentence “Always it woke him […] Until this morning”. The poet actually tells us that the man is inconscient, either dead or dying. He makes us value life how it can be, which is fragile and delicate. The poet also tells us about hope. It is showed in the poem that he puts his hope in the sun to awake his dying friend by using “If anything…”. We believe the poets is talking about his...