In “citizens of death’s grey land/ sworn to action;

In the poem “Dreamers” by Siegfried Sassoon the speaker
talks about soldiers that are dreaming to be at home with their families,
instead of being in a foreign country in horrible conditions fight day and
night to win a war they know nothing about. The speaker opens a whole new
perspective on soldiers. Originally when we hear the word soldiers, we usually
think of them as killing machines. The speakers point out the psychological
stress the soldiers go through while at war.

The speaker uses many figurative languages to help put more meaning
in to the poem. In line 1, the poet says “…death’s grey land,”. He uses a
metaphor to compare it to it as the battle fields. The metaphor helps put a
more morbid and serious image in the readers head. That soldiers are living in
highly intense situations. It helps to express that they are victims of war.  In line 2, he says “Drawing no dividend from
time’s to-morrows”. He uses this alliteration to help the reader focus on how
the soldiers are not guaranteed to see tomorrow. He shows that the soldiers are
not only fighting to win but to ensure that they can live another day. In line
1,5,and 7 he says “Soldiers are…”. He uses repetition to state that soldiers
are “citizens of death’s grey land/ sworn to action; they must
win/dreamers;”(line 1,5,7). The irony in the poem is that we think soldiers are
the toughest people on the planet, but once they are done fighting in the war
they are mentally unstable and are very traumatized from all the unspeakable
experiences they have witnessed. The poem is filled with imagery. In line 8 he
says “firelit homes, clean beds, and wives” showing that the soldiers wish to
have this again. In line 9-10 the speaker says “in foul dug-out, gnawed by
rats. / And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,” it clearly shows the
horrible conditions they lived in and the readers can see how soldiers fought. All
of these literary devices help to paint a vivid picture of how soldiers fought
at war and how they felt during the war.

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The tone of this poem is morbid, he makes the reader feel
bad for the soldiers and their condition. In line 1 the speaker says that the
“soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land,” automatically the reader can
imagine a dark and morbid scene. His Petrarchan sonnet has helped with the continuous
flow and rhyming. It helps the reader to be focused on the poem. In stanza one
his rhyme scheme is abab then cdcd, it helps tie up the meaning of the poem. In
the second stanza is efefef.  

When reading the title “Dreamers” on thinks that it will be
about everyday citizens that dream about buying the new Ferrari they want or
buying the newest mansion in Beverly Hills. Once the reader begins to read the poem
the meaning of the poem shifts. The reader understands that soldiers are also
dreamers of having their life back. The speaker is portraying soldiers as an everyday
citizen wanting more than having to fight and kill. He is conveying this message
to those who see soldiers as order following heartless people.

The poem is very impressive and can keep the reader’s
attention. The vivid imagery makes it clear to readers the physical and mental
condition they are in. The speaker switches from explaining how the soldiers
are sworn in to win and next as dreamers. He effectively conveys the felling
that soldiers are individuals who can die in the war and not take part in some part
of everyday life such as “Bank-holidays, and picture shows” (13) and playing “balls
and bats” (11). They probably will not be able to have a “firelit homes, clean
beds and wives” ever again. 

In the poem “Dreamers” by Siegfried Sassoon the speaker
talks about soldiers that are dreaming to be at home with their families,
instead of being in a foreign country in horrible conditions fight day and
night to win a war they know nothing about. The speaker opens a whole new
perspective on soldiers. Originally when we hear the word soldiers, we usually
think of them as killing machines. The speakers point out the psychological
stress the soldiers go through while at war.

The speaker uses many figurative languages to help put more meaning
in to the poem. In line 1, the poet says “…death’s grey land,”. He uses a
metaphor to compare it to it as the battle fields. The metaphor helps put a
more morbid and serious image in the readers head. That soldiers are living in
highly intense situations. It helps to express that they are victims of war.  In line 2, he says “Drawing no dividend from
time’s to-morrows”. He uses this alliteration to help the reader focus on how
the soldiers are not guaranteed to see tomorrow. He shows that the soldiers are
not only fighting to win but to ensure that they can live another day. In line
1,5,and 7 he says “Soldiers are…”. He uses repetition to state that soldiers
are “citizens of death’s grey land/ sworn to action; they must
win/dreamers;”(line 1,5,7). The irony in the poem is that we think soldiers are
the toughest people on the planet, but once they are done fighting in the war
they are mentally unstable and are very traumatized from all the unspeakable
experiences they have witnessed. The poem is filled with imagery. In line 8 he
says “firelit homes, clean beds, and wives” showing that the soldiers wish to
have this again. In line 9-10 the speaker says “in foul dug-out, gnawed by
rats. / And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,” it clearly shows the
horrible conditions they lived in and the readers can see how soldiers fought. All
of these literary devices help to paint a vivid picture of how soldiers fought
at war and how they felt during the war.

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The tone of this poem is morbid, he makes the reader feel
bad for the soldiers and their condition. In line 1 the speaker says that the
“soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land,” automatically the reader can
imagine a dark and morbid scene. His Petrarchan sonnet has helped with the continuous
flow and rhyming. It helps the reader to be focused on the poem. In stanza one
his rhyme scheme is abab then cdcd, it helps tie up the meaning of the poem. In
the second stanza is efefef.  

When reading the title “Dreamers” on thinks that it will be
about everyday citizens that dream about buying the new Ferrari they want or
buying the newest mansion in Beverly Hills. Once the reader begins to read the poem
the meaning of the poem shifts. The reader understands that soldiers are also
dreamers of having their life back. The speaker is portraying soldiers as an everyday
citizen wanting more than having to fight and kill. He is conveying this message
to those who see soldiers as order following heartless people.

The poem is very impressive and can keep the reader’s
attention. The vivid imagery makes it clear to readers the physical and mental
condition they are in. The speaker switches from explaining how the soldiers
are sworn in to win and next as dreamers. He effectively conveys the felling
that soldiers are individuals who can die in the war and not take part in some part
of everyday life such as “Bank-holidays, and picture shows” (13) and playing “balls
and bats” (11). They probably will not be able to have a “firelit homes, clean
beds and wives” ever again. 

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