Commentary, Pages 2 (298 words)
In Flanders’s Field is a war poem filled with emotions that probably relate to World War One. The strange thing this poem does not have a sort of morning/sad tone to it which was typical after the world experienced the horrors of World War One. This poem has a very strong feeling of fighting on and “hold [the torch] high”(12) feeling. This is due to a lot of different reasons. The most prominent is the fact that this poem seems to be from a single entity of a collective group of fallen soldiers who are named as “the Dead”(6).
These soldiers want people to take up their cause and fight forward to “take up [their] quarrel with the foe”(10).
These soldiers seem to give a reason to fight in every stanza. In the first stanza, the soldiers make a point of how there is this beautiful scene saying how it starts with “In Flanders Field”(1) with “poppies blow[ing]”(1) and “larks, still bravely singing”(4) being ignored and disrupted by the “guns”(5).
It is as if they are saying that we should fight to stop the fighting for the sake of nature and peace.
The second stanza gives the thoughts to people who have lost something to the war. This is when the reader is exposed up front and right in their face that this is from “the Dead”(6). That these people once “lived”(7) and “loved”(8). People similar to the reader and now are dead. The third stanza sets out for the reader to “take up [the Dead’s] quarrel with the foe”(10). This stanza tries to implore the reader to take up the cause and fight for the cause. It seems as though the author put the reason to fight of each stanza in the first line of each stanza.