Poetry Project

Dawson Redden

High Flight

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

- John Magee

Title

Air plains in the war that did scary missions.

Paraphrase

He fells like he's flying and nothing can touch him. He fills the open sky's and the blue sky's on his face. That He is so high up that he is right there with God.

Connotation

"footless halls of air"

"The open sky's"and in the open where there is harmony

Attitude of the speaker

Talks about the war how clam the sky's can be when there is no war going on.

Shift

In the 7th line

"High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung"

They go from sun shining to shouting wind along and flung.

Title revisited

That flying in war can be peaceful at time.

Themes

flying in war can be peaceful and can be bad in war.