Comparing For the Fallen and I Was Only Nineteen

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Comparing For the Fallen and I Was Only Nineteen In today's modern world, the use of poetry to communicate and express oneself has become quite rare. One of the main reasons is due to the fact that with such an old style of writing, it is very often hard to understand properly. poetry is indeed difficult to read and hard to understand, but given time, it is a rewarding challenge. Poetry is not only written verse but is used in songs as well. Taken the time to listen to the words of modern songs, you will realise that the lyrics of the song are actually a poem linking modern day music to poetry. To help Year Twelve students that are studying poetry appreciate it's value, this pamphlet's aim is to discuss a classic poem and a modern song lyric to show that even poetry written many years ago can still be relevant to people and lyrics today. By reading this may you gain a greater knowledge and understanding of poetry in general, and not just the two discussed further on. The poem I have chosen is ¡§For the Fallen¡¨ by Laurence Binyon. Certain stanzas from it are often quoted at Anzac Day ceremonies each year. The lyric chosen is also on the theme of war, and is titled ¡§I was only Nineteen¡¨, written by John Schumann. While the common setting is war, there are also other underlying themes that link both pieces of writing, such as loss of life, and alienation¡K I was only Nineteen John Schumann 1 Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal. It was a long march from cadets. The sixth battalion was the next to your and it was me who drew the card. We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left. 5 And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched down to the quay. This clipping fro... ... middle of paper ... ...hor of the poem ¡§For the Fallen¡¨, Laurence Binyon, has also expressed the feeling of loss and alienation that comes along with war as he writes about those who fought in the Gallipoli campaign. Not only the alienation of soldiers, but the families who have suffered from their deaths: 17They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 18They sit no more at familiar tables of home „²insert rest of assignment here„³ As you can see, upon looking at both pieces of writing from a different angle, there is always the opportunity for different interpretations. It is certain that a deeper analysis will give even more possible themes and common topics. Now that you have seen how each of these can be read in more than one way, hopefully you can read other pieces of poetry, attain different meanings for them and have greater love and knowledge for poetry in general.
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