English III Poetry Project

By: Jacob Marks

War Baby

He has not even seen you, he
Who gave you your mortality;
And you, so small, how can you guess
His courage or his loveliness?

Yet in my quiet mind I pray
He passed you on the darkling way -
His death, your birth, so much the same -
And holding you, breathed once your name.

- Pamela Holmes

Title

I think this poem is about a baby in a war

Paraphrase

There's a soldier in war and he found out that his father died in battle.


He prays and thinks about how his father served for his country and now he is in his footsteps.

Connotation

Darkling way. This means that he is going to go into the darkness of war as his father did.

Attitude towards speaker

The attitude towards the speaker is sad or depressing.

Shifts

Yet in my quiet mind I pray
He passed you on the darkling way

This is a shift because he talks about how he prays in his mind then goes to his father passing on the path of being a soldier.

Title Revisited

After reading the poem I say the title is about a soldier carrying on his dead father's name.

Theme

The theme is to love your parents because you don't know when they will die.