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The Drum. Suggests it can’t be trusted. unpleasant. I hate that drum’s discordant sound, Parading round, and round, and round: To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields, And lures from cities and from fields, To sell their liberty for charms Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms;

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Suggests it can’t be trusted

unpleasant

I hate that drum’s discordant sound,

Parading round, and round, and round:

To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields,

And lures from cities and from fields,

To sell their liberty for charms

Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms;

And when Ambition’s voice commands,

To march, and fight, and fall, in foreign lands.

Freedom – they lose this when they become soldiers

Alliteration highlights how quickly they will die

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Repetition reflects the constant beat of the drum

I hate that drum’s discordant sound,

Parading round, and round, and round:

To me it talks of ravaged plains,

Andburning towns, and ruined swains,

Andmangled limbs, and dying groans,

Andwidows’ tears, and orphans’ moans;

And all that Misery’s hand bestows,

To fill the catalogue of human woes.

Repetition of And suggests that the list of horrors goes on and on

Words to emphasise the horror and suffering of war

understanding the poem
Understanding the Poem…..
  • What contrast is shown between the first stanza and the second stanza?

The first stanza shows the false associations that people had with the drum sound. It made people think of going to war as being glamorous.

The second stanza shows the reality of what, which was not glamorous at all.

what is the effect of the regular rhythm and rhyme
What is the effect of the regular rhythm and rhyme?

It reflects the steady beat of the drum. The up-beat feel reflects how young men were encouraged to go to war by being promised glory, honour and status.

In the second stanza, the regular rhyme and rhythm helps to reflect how constant and continual the real suffering of war was.

links to other poems
Links to other poems…
  • War – Exposure
  • Physical conflict – Exposure, Belfast Confetti, Our Sharpeville
  • Anger – Half-caste, The Class Game, Cousin Kate
  • Contrasts – Cousin Kate, The Class game