Poetry Checklist: In Flanders Fields

Imagery
sunset, glow, poppies, blow

Stanzas
3

Connotation Problems
We shall not sleep- Do not let our memory die. We didn’t die in vain.
Throw the torch- Dead can’t throw- Do not let memory die

Metaphor
dead soldiers to living

Personification
larks bravely singing
throwing the torch
we cannot sleep

Symbolism
sunset could mean end of life, torch stands for duty or continuing the fight, poppies represent life, cross represents the resurrection

Speaker
dead soldiers

Allusion
Flanders Fields

Tone
Appreciative, morbid, noble, encouraging

Irony
first two stanzas are about death, the last stanza is about being positive and continuing the fight

Paradox
we shall not sleep, failing hands we throw. (how can dead sleep or have hands?). Keep memory alive

Alliteration
Flanders Fields, shall not sleep, loved life, hold it high, saw sunset

Apostrophe
talking to the soldiers who are not dead

Rhyme Scheme
AABBA
AABC
AABBAC

Refrain
Flanders Fields, poppies