Poetry Analysis

Mitch Sirohman

Can You Take It?

Can you handle the horror and killing of war? Can you carry out your duties?
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Paraphrasing



It's easy to be nice, boys

When everything's O.K.

It's easy to be cheerful,

When your having things your way.

But can you hold your head up

And take it on the chin.

When your heart is breaking

And you feel like giving in?


You can be happy when everything's okay, but can

you fight through it and not give up when soldiers

are being killed right next to you?


It was easy back in England,

Among the friends and folks.

But now you miss the friendly hand,

The joys, and songs, and jokes.

The road ahead is stormy.

And unless you're strong in mind,

You'll find it isn't long before

You're dragging far behind.


Back at home it's fun with friends and family.

War is a dark place, and if you don't have the mind set

that your going to get out of there alive, then

your going to end up dead.


You've got to climb the hill, boys;

It's no use turning back.

There's only one way home, boys,

And it's off the beaten track.

Remember you're American,

And when you reach the crest,

You'll see a valley cool and green,

Our country at its best.


You've got to fight through the pain

and keep going. You've got to fight for

your country and win the war for the

country you love.


You know there is a saying

That sunshine follows rain,

And sure enough you'll realize

That joy will follow pain.

Let courage be your password,

Make fortitude your guide;

And then instead of grousing,

Just remember those who died.


Fight for the Soldier beside you

and all the ones fighting with you.

In the end, there will be joy.

Always remember that when you start complaining, you made it

out alive but others did not.

Connotation

Stanza- Every stanza contains eight lines.


"It's easy to be nice, boys

When everything's O.K.

It's easy to be cheerful,

When your having things your way.

But can you hold your head up

And take it on the chin.

When your heart is breaking

And you feel like giving in?


It was easy back in England,

Among the friends and folks.

But now you miss the friendly hand,

The joys, and songs, and jokes.

The road ahead is stormy.

And unless you're strong in mind,

You'll find it isn't long before

You're dragging far behind."



Rhyme- in every stanza the last word in line 2 and 4 rhyme and the last word in

Line 6 and 8 rhyme


"You've got to climb the hill, boys;

It's no use turning back.

There's only one way home, boys,

And it's off the beaten track.

Remember you're American,

And when you reach the crest,

You'll see a valley cool and green,

Our country at its best."



Metaphor- The road ahead is stormy is a type of metaphor. The road itself isn't

stormy. It means the future is going to be hard.


"It was easy back in England,

Among the friends and folks.

But now you miss the friendly hand,

The joys, and songs, and jokes.

The road ahead is stormy.

And unless you're strong in mind,

You'll find it isn't long before

You're dragging far behind."

Attitude

The author tells it the way it is and doesn't sugar coat anything. The author

gives a lot of useful advice for those heading to war.



"You've got to climb the hill, boys;

It's no use turning back.

There's only one way home, boys,

And it's off the beaten track.

Remember you're American,

And when you reach the crest,

You'll see a valley cool and green,

Our country at its best."

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Shift

In every stanza, the author starts out in a happy place but then turns to seriousness.



"It's easy to be nice, boys

When everything's O.K.

It's easy to be cheerful,

When your having things your way.

But can you hold your head up

And take it on the chin.

When your heart is breaking

And you feel like giving in?"

Title Revisited

My thoughts about the title before reading the poem had a lot to do with the poem. However, at the end of the poem it talks about how you can still find joy after all the pain and be thankful for everything in your life because not everyone made it through alive.
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Theme

When you go to war, you have to always fight hard, never give up, and always remember the ones who fought hard and didn't make it.