19 August 2006
Battle Poetry Analysis: Comparison between A. Elizabeth. Houseman's " Here Lifeless Lie All of us Because We Did Not Choose" and Walt Whitman's " Reconciliation"
The XX hundred years was noticeable by warlike conflicts; the largest of them were the two Universe Wars, which usually affected the whole world in many other ways, without did not remember the lots of people dead in them. Since result can be not rare that most area of the English beautifully constructed wording created at first of the previous century have got as key subject the war, just for this we can locate a richer various poems, which usually show to us so many different points of perspective of warfare and tell us diverse activities of your life. For this reason, Let me make a comparison between the poetry " Here Dead Rest We Mainly because We Did Not Choose" of A. E. Housman and " Reconciliation" of Walt Whitman. And if is valid that the two poems talk about the same theme, their plainly differ among them.
In Housman's composition, there is a dead young men conversing with us from the futility of heroism, and a dark suspicion about that courage and cowardice, virtue and vice, are almost the same, seeing that life does not matter anyway, is made for this reason that they explained: " In this article dead sit we since we did not choose as well as To live and shame the land from which we sprung" (1-2). However the beautiful and naive youth, naturally think different. They presume that when that they die in their age, they may have suffered a tragedy, but , paradoxically, they may have chosen to not live. So when they said: " Life, to make certain, is nothing much to reduce; / Nevertheless young men believe it is, we were young man. " (3-4) they are even now refusing that life does not matter, and with the dead they lost almost everything. Housman would give them the last word and the end he could be not about to contradict all of them.
In the Walt Whitman's poem, we have two possibilities to see this composition, the first is taking the point of view of your veteran of war, which was in the funeral of someone of " the other band", who had been killed by simply him in the war or perhaps take the composition from the point a view of any...
Bibliography: Housman, A. Electronic. " Right here Dead Sit We Because We Would not Choose"
Whitman, Walt. " Reconciliation"