An Analyzation Of The Symbolism And Imagery In "Flanders Fields" By John Mc Crae.(World War One Poem)

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During World War One, poet John McCrae wrote many pieces of literature. He published many short stories but was most famous for his poem In Flanders Fields. This poem uses many instances of symbolism and imagery to convey the main idea to the reader.In the first line it says "In Flanders Fields the poppies blow". The poppy is known as a symbol of sleep. The last line "We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders Fields" point to this fact. Some kinds of poppies can be used to derive opium, from which morphine can be made. Morphine is one of the strongest painkillers and was often used to put a wounded soldier to sleep. Sometimes medical ...view middle of the document...

" The lark (bird) is known for its careless free spirit that symbolizes the oblivious people living in areas free from war. Meaning while life is being snatched away from the soldiers, people like us are carrying on with our carefree lives oblivious to the horrors of the battlefield. The last stanza (see poem) has the most important piece of symbolism in the poem . . . the torch. The torch represents the war itself, and if no one were to take up arms and head into battle, than the millions of soldiers that died for this cause would have died in vein. Meaning that if no one carries on the war then, the ball has dropped, the game has ended and it was all done for nothing.The author furthermore uses imagery to convey the idea of the fragility of human life through imagery. The story is narrated by the recently deceased soldiers, which consequently paints a gray and weary image in the readers mind. In the second line "Between the crosses, row on row" describes a grave yard, of row upon row upon row of crosses (headstones) which represent almost every soldier that has pass on. This is the first line in the poem that represents the multitude amount of soldiers killed and buried during the war, which brings realism and sadness into the stanza.In conclusion In Flanders Fields by John McCrae is characterized by its symbolism and imagery which help to convey the meaning of the poem, and also helps set the melancholy tone to the poem.

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