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Song: I didn't raise my son to be a soldier

Publié le samedi 7 avril 2018 16:44 - Mis à jour le mercredi 9 mai 2018 17:02

I didn't raise my son to be a soldier :



1°) Presentation of the poem :


The document under study is a song written by Al Pianadosi and Alfred Bryan during World War I, in 1915. Alfred Bryan is a Canadian  songwriter = composer = lyricist. It is a committed song.


2°) Context


It was during WWI, in 1915. At the beginning = at first = at the start = firstly = first and foremost, Wilson was president and declared neutrality arguing that it was far from home and they were only interested in trade exchange.


3°) Structure of the poem


The poem has a specific structure. Indeed, by the rhyme pattern, we can see a confusion because they are intertwined. There is a representation of war in this song. It makes the reader feel lost. This structure embodies= represents= symbolises chaos. There is a contrast between the lyrics and the instrumental.


4°) Meaning / ideas / theme / tone


The song gives the lament of a lonely mother whose son died at war. It is an anti-war song. The first stanza is written in the past because it refers to the war in Europe. The war seems to be useless and the mothers regret having their children being soldiers. Even if they win, that would not bring their children back.


5°) Language (figures of speech)


He uses simple words so that he addresses a large public. He refers to true facts and doesn't use irony. Actually, he is telling the truth. It is sad = sorrowful.  

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