Some weeks ago, Pato told us to choose a poem and in pairs analyze it. I worked with Tomás Braun and we chose the poem “I Hear an army”, by James Royce. We should first of all look for information about the author and the literature period. After doing this, we should analyze the title of the poem, look for the theme, the tone and literary devices. Finally, we should look for one illustration for each stanza. All of these tasks should be combined into one presentation. We were also able to find out about a very interesting poem and about James Royce. This is the presentation I made with Tomás Braun.
This activity was also helpful for us. I was able to discuss with my partner about what we should and shouldn’t include. In this way, I could see another perspective and point of view other than mine. I learned about a new literature period, Imagism and also learnt more about war poetry, thanks to this poem. Moreover, by having a partner with whom I could discuss and ask, I could understand the poem easier. He helped me to clear my doubt and I did the same thing. Although sometimes individual work is helpful, group work does not only allows us to exchange ideas, but also to have someone who can clear our doubts and answer our questions if we have some.
Finally, this poem is very related and connected to what we studied and saw in the first term, war poetry. We analyzed poems such as “Soldier, rest” or “Death”, which show the hardships and difficulties underwent by soldiers along warfare. War poetry shows how tragic war is, and this poem also narrates and presents the trauma caused in soldiers. Our poem, “I hear an army”, leads with the suffering of war and how tragic it is. The title, foreshadows that the poem is going to deal with the nightmares and horrors of war, as it presents an army approaching the narrator, which is being hunted. This is how I find a strong connection between the poem and war poetry, as “I hear an army” narrates the horrors of war, as well as the rest of the poems we studied in the first term. Finally, this is also related to what it’s happening nowadays, as many countries(in Asia for example) are at war, and have to undergo this trauma and the hardships war causes.