Arms and the boy by wilfred
To 'stroke' and 'nuzzle' seem to imply erotic pleasure in handling instruments of destruction. This personification is used to damage the innocence of the child and that he has become experienced.
His work is full of compassion and outrage and technically highly skilful. Stanza 1 Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade 1 Command?
Outside my cottage window at Borage Lane children play soldiers so piercingly that I've moved into the attic, with only a skylight.
Analysis of the first stanza. In the final stanza, the speaker contrasts the weapons with the boy. Owen shows the youth that has been wasted during this horrendous war and in a way says that the weapon is the devil, and not the boy, and that even if he has killed, it is the weapon that has taken control of him, and that God will see the innocence in the boy and not punish him. He should do these things because his teeth look ready to bite an apple, and there are no claws behind his fingernails. We can notice that loss of innocence that the boy experiences with the words "nuzzle" and "stroke" which reinforces the affection of the boys towards the weapons, as they are like toys to him. Conclusion: Ill. It would be more usual or frequent to say "The Boy and the Guns" or "Arms", although "Guns" is more of a childlike term. This poem has a Jarring title because the idea of war and boys are not thought of together. God will not give him talons or antlers in his curls.
He will see how it is a malicious shade of blue like a "madman's flash" and is hungry for flesh. There lurk no claws behind his fingers supple; And God will grow no talons at his heels, Nor antlers through the thickness of his curls.
First of course there is the coldness of the blade and then the indecency f the tool. Also, his hopes and progressions in life have been lost.
The speaker is either trying to make the boy understand what he is in for in order to prepare him, or to get the boy excited about the dangerous weapons he will soon get to play with.
Dulce et decorum est
So, the bayonet is personified because it is desires like a hunger for blood, the desire to kill and consume human flesh. War and its effects upon soldiers. The boy is not fundamentally evil. The phrase also illustrates the lack of abundance of love that led one to the famishing for flesh. The boy's 'thick curls' speak of youthful innocence. At the same time the poem's other voices, those of the preachers of peace, they rejoice. Given by whom? These soldiers have a thirst for blood and killing. Nature, including the human variety dominates the picture.
It was written around March
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