Edward Thomas and the Theme of War. Essay

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Discuss the ways in which Thomas presents the effects of war in “Gone, gone again”.
In your answer, explore the effects of language, imagery and verse form, and consider how this poem relates to other poems by Thomas you have studied.

Throughout the poem the most prominent theme that Thomas includes are the references to the war. In fourth stanza “and when the war began” is a direct reference to the war, due to the context of the verses around it, the reference seems to be written quite bluntly. The first three stanzas have been written quite calmly, it paints a more ‘relaxed’ image in the reader’s mind, whereas it switches to referencing the war, which is a dramatic change of tone compares to the calmer, more relaxed first three
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This could suggest that during the course of the war, and the inevitability of how he cannot stop it, the war has literally made him "empty". Life goes on during the war, but it has taken the life out of him, "a house that is empty, but not dark". The war has taken all his happiness and effectively "broken" him.
"Interested in the house that is own h dark" could suggest that either Thomas was yearning for his own happiness to return, therefore making the metaphor that he is the "empty house" once again full, or he could have meant that he is interested in someone else, another house, like him effected by the war, but they are not empty inside, the house is not dark.
Again, this creates significant imagery to the reader, thinking of a man who has seen the horrors of war and to be there still, an empty, hollow, broken man who is feeling powerless to stop what is happening around him.

This idea of inevitability – and the re-occurrence of inevitability – could be supported by the form of Thomas’s poem. The similar length of each stanza, and the identical amount of lines within each stanza, could link to this sense of routine and the predictability of routine. The ghostly presence of war that plagued most of the world during the early 90’s seemed to have become accepted – however miserably – by the

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