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...ctory” suggest that not only did the son die bravely but imagery suggests war as well.
Immediately there is a tonal shift once readers get to the second stanza with the use of the caesura pause in line five, “To look at her — How slowly” (5). It is as if the speaker is slowing down time because they must look at the mother but slowly as if time is unfolding. Then readers are given a sort of Kinesthesia, “The Seasons must have turned / till Bullets clipt an Angle / And He passed quickly round (6-8).” The physical sensation of the season changing matched with bullets and dying quick is a stark image of being shot. What this device of imagery achieves in this poem is the speaker taking the narrative of the first stanza then giving readers in the second stanza a morbid feeling through vivid description to associate with war and what it feels like to be shot and die.
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