Burning Poetry Analysis

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Hello and welcome back to another episode of Burning Poetry, your one and only destination for aspiring poets on the coast. In this week’s episode we will be discussing the importance of poetry within modern society through the analysis of poetry from our past.
Poetry has been included in many cultures throughout the course of history. It was, and is still, one of the most engaging, creative and vital means of storytelling for religious, cultural and entertainment purposes. Poetry is a courier of human emotion; an author can express their feelings into a form of creative literature interpretable to a wide audience.
Poetry is still immensely important within modern society. It allows humanity as a collective to grow intellectually, spiritually
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Maura Dooley, a respected author and poet in her own right, said of Agard “His poems are direct and arresting, playful, full of startling imagery, and are hilarious, passionate and erotic as often as they are political - often managing to be all these things at once.” Agard was born in Guyana in 1949, and moved to Britain in the late seventies, facing an immense amount of racial prejudice in his late teens and early twenties, possibly on of the reasons his work highlights the restraints of society that limit us as humans. Straying from his usual comedic value in his poem In Times Of Peace, however maintaining his usual witty creativity, Agard articulates a beautiful piece that strays from the regular beat and tone of a war poem. Instead the poem undergoes more of a reflective and rhetoric route to prove its’ point, in terms of what has been and what is now, and is held throughout the entirety of the poem. The questions Agard poses to the reader often juxtaposes an object seemingly harmless, with the dark theme of war. The rhetoric juxtaposition is evident in stanza 1, lines 7 and 8, and the second stanza, in lines 17 and 18 when these particular questions are …show more content…
Suicide in the Trenches, written by Siegfried Sassoon, is a perfect portrayal of the torment that violence plays on the wellbeing of the mind. Sassoon, once a British soldier in the Western Front throughout World War One, is renowned for his aggressive and anti-war themes in his poems. Obviously subjected to an enormous amount of violence during his lifetime, Sassoon had the knowledge and the strength to write about his and others’ experiences in the trenches of arguably the bloodiest war in history. His poem is as

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