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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 "The Last Laugh" by Wilfred Owen ANALYSIS The poem is composed of threestanzas with five lines each. Each stanza shows the way in which three different soldiersdied. There is a noticeable shift between the first and second stanza, where the first soldier dieswithout thinking of anyone else and the next two soldiersthat follow call out for their loved ones. The horrors experienced on the battlefieldare portrayed in this poem. It paints a pictureof how suffering and hopelessness are ever-presentfactors in the midst of war. The death of soldiers isa general theme in the poem, as is inhumanityand waste. STRUCTURE POETIC DEVICES and FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE Repetition is used at the very beginning of the poem: "In vain, vain, vain!" "Tut-tut! Tut-tut!"This emphasizes the point beingmade that weaponry can overrun eventhe best of soldiers, adding to the themeof hopelessness. Personification is used as well. For example, "The Bayonets' long teethgrinned." The weapons are "mocking" the lamenting soldiers, reinforcing the ideathat weaponry would always get the last laughon the battlefield. 'O Jesus Christ! I'm hit,' he said; and diedWhether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed. The bullets chirped- In vain, vain, vain! Machine-guns chuckled- Tut-tut! Tut-tut! And the Big Gun guffawed.Another sighed,- 'O, Mother,-mother,-Dad!Then smiled at nothing, childlike, being dead. And the lofty Shrapnel-cloud Leisurely gestured,-Fool! and the splinters spat, and titttered.'My Love!' one moaned. Love-languid seemed his mood,Till slowly lowered, his whole face kissed the mud. and the Bayonets' long teeth grinned; Rabbles of Shells hooted and groaned; And the Gas hissed. Metaphors are used frequently throughoutthe poem. For example, "His whole facekissed the mud." Here, the real impact of war is felt, as this phrase is being used torepresent loss and longing when the soldier"kisses" the mud instead of his lover. The imagery of the poem ties in with the figurativelanguage and personification. Made by: Leanne Navarro ONOMATOPEIA PRAYER/BLASPHEMYReligious doubt is a theme shown hereon line 1. REPETITION ENJAMBMENT METAPHOR PERSONIFICATION PERSONIFICATION PERSONIFICATION WAR MECHANICSWeaponry and machinery isa recurring theme. DEATHThis is a theme present all throughout the poem.
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