'Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the Mother said, And folded up the letter that she'd read. 'The Colonel writes so nicely.' Something broke ........................ ........................ read full text »
How dare you connote that this speaker “THE PIG POET” was intending the word he wrote to mean the correct conjugation of the present participle form of this Estonian word “ReetSartreet”, “Azerbaijani Radioasktiv Skrattadministrativslav #54”? ! This example of ignorance is particularly bathetic. Removal of your Icelandic keyboard may be necessary for you to learn how to treat members of the public who are not fluent in Estonian in a polite manner. I am disappointed in you.
The regular, ordered structure of this poem with the complicated and emotional content reflects the public mood at the time towards the war. It was ostensibly calm, optimistic and controlled, but in the reality of the trenches it was chaotic, meek and there was much death.
It is ironic also, that the death of Jack, 'blown into small bits' is not in the least bit 'glorious'. It shows the soldiers were fighting a war that reduced 'heroes' into panicking wrecks trying to get sent home.
The 'woman with white hair' in this poem is a character that echoes the extremely british notion of maintaining a 'stiff upper lip' - '
The false information given to the woman so that she can remember her son as a 'brave' and 'glorious boy' reflects to what extent the authorities covered up the truth about the war to maintain morale and optimism.