The Horses

Topics: Nuclear weapon, Poetry, World War II Pages: 3 (651 words) Published: May 12, 2011
The Horses
Choose a poem that has a powerful message: show how the poet conveys this message through his or her poetic techniques  
The poem, 'The Horses' by Edwin Muir is a story giving us an image of the future after a nuclear war. It describes the experience of survivors of an nuclear war and extremely hard conditions in which they need to face during the nuclear war. This poem is divided into two sections, the first section is a picture of the world after the nuclear war and the second section describes the coming of the 'strange horses' and the return of the nature.  

This essay will show how the poet conveys the message through his or her poetic techniques.  
At the beginning of the poem the poet takes us back to the past to tell us what happened during 7 days of nuclear war.  
“Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep”
at this quotation the poet describes an nuclear war  as a "seven days war", which  gives us an idea of the time. This could be compared to the God’s seven-day world creation meaning the world was created in seven days time and in the same length of time it was destructed. he also uses an metaphor like “ world to sleep” which gives us an idea of rush destruction which was going on and helpless people who after such drama they give up and loose the battle. World becomes an empty, silent place.  

As we go through, the poet tells us of ravages of nuclear war that everything everywhere disintegrates.  
‘The radios failed; we turned the knobs; no answer’
The poet by using these words wants to show us the sign of the beginning of the war. The conditions were difficult. People struggle to survive, the technology fails. The poet is showing us how dependent the world is on technology-when something breaks whole world collapses. However the poet also contrasts it with the power of nature as it says: ‘Late in the evening the strange horses came’.  

“That old bad world that swallowed its children quick...
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