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Themes "Dulce et Decorum est"

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Give an example of alliteration

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Nationalism in the form of aggressive and proactive foreign policy, such as a country's advocacy for the use of threats or actual force, as opposed to peaceful relations, in efforts to safeguard what it perceives as its national interests. Colloquially, jingoism is excessive bias in judging one's own country as superior to others—an extreme type of nationalism.

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1. Which characteristics of chivalry can you find in the poem in the image? How do you know this is a poem written before 1915 (other than from the date)? 2. Find an example of a simile and explain it in the context of the poem. 3. What poetic device is 'play the game'? Explain what it means.

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The Great War

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This is a fragment from the poem 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon, published in September 1914. 1. How can you tell from the poem itself that this is an early war poem? 2. Name the characteristics of chivalry you can find. 3. What poetic devices can you find in 'Death august and royal / Sings sorrow up into mortal spheres'?

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1. What do we call this type of poem? 2. Paraphrase (summarise) the first 8 lines. 3. Paraphrase the last 6 lines. 4. Which poetic device can you find in 'As neither brass nor Hell-fire may appal,'? 5. What does the poet mean with this line? 6. How do you know (from the poem) this is a late war poem? 7. What characteristics of chivalry (or the opposite) can you find? Explain them.

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1. What is the form of this poem? 2. Paraphrase the two parts of the poem. 3. Which poetic devices can you find in the lines: When it is peace, then we may view again / With new won eyes each other's truer form / And wonder. 4. Find an example of a metaphor and explain it in the context of the poem.

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