Compare and Contrast the the poems “An Irish Airman Foresees his death”- W.B Yeats and “The Death Bed”- Siegfried Sasson. Compare the poems to the critical analysis, “Trauma Theory.”
The poems, “An Irish Airman Foresees his death”- W.B Yeats and “The Death Bed”- Siegfried Sasson share various qualities and differences. The similar qualities that the poems share includes a complementary theme of war, thoughts of a comrade in the war and the thoughts that run through the soldiers mind before death. The differences in the poems are the forms the poems are written in. The comparison of the poems to the critical analysis, Trauma theory included the poet’s approaches on the violent actions of the war that occurred in the characters life. The poem, “An Irish Airman Foresees his death”- W.B Yeats was about an Irish airman fighting in world war I. The speaker mentions that he will die fighting, that there isn’t a positive outcome of weather the war is an improvement or detrimental outcome on their lives.He didn’t fight in the war for publicity or frame or because the law said so, “Nor law, nor duty bade me fight, nor public man, nor cheering crowds.”(9-11) but his decision on fighting in the war was due to this an instinctive decision of coming at peace with himself. He describes it as an “A lonely impulse of delight”(11). The poem, “The Death Bed”- Siegfried Sasson is about a confused solider that senses that he is either blinded or dying. But he recovers when he catches the sight of “a real landscape.” “HE drowsed and was aware of silence heaped, Round him, unshaken as the steadfast walls; Aqueous like floating rays of amber light, Soaring and quivering in the wings of sleep. Silence and safety; and his mortal shore, Lipped by the inward, moonless waves of death.” (1-6). The solider patiently lies down and has visions of rivers and boats. “Water—calm, sliding green above the weir, Water—a sky-lit alley for his boat.”(11-12) But the solider...
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