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ENGLISH 1AA3 Lecture Notes - Remember (Big Bang Album), John Mccrae, In Flanders Fields

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World War 1- 1914-1918
“home by Christmas”
Canada was apart of British Colony and fought with Britain, lost 65 000 soldiers in
Impact of new technology on war and how changes traditional attitudes towards
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Poem was used as propaganda tool by Canadian govn. to recruit soldiers
How does this poem speak to attitudes towards memory, our responsibilities, and
Memory- always remember (shall not sleep), poppies are weeds and hard to remove
which resembles how soldiers and war are hard to remove from our memory,
second stanza,
Our responsibilities- last stanza, our fight
Death- honouring the dead and remembering them, the dead are speaking to us,
death is viewed as sleeping (not morbid at all), little violence
Poem speaks to stability, a sanctioned just cause, must continue to keep on this
sanctioned cause and if not we should feel guilt and soldiers will be forgotten
Poem is iambic, balanced rhyme scheme, organized, which is ironic because he is
writing about war.
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