Thursday, May 22, 2008

Brave Soldier Boy - Interpretation.

I hope you all enjoyed the poem I posted yesterday. Just wanted to share some thoughts on it.


We're presented with an old man who alone is celebrating the birthday of his son. And although his son is not present, he does however have a picture. It's not entirely obvious, but his son is actually wearing military attire. Indeed, a helpful hint and noteworthy point, but it's not actually necessary for understanding the poem itself ... at least my understanding of it anyway.


"Leaves from the vine
Falling so slow"

Although a very pleasant image, fall symbolizes a change in season and usually of one from life to death.

"Like fragile tiny shells
Drifting in the foam"

Again very gentle and pleasant but shells only drift when they're uninhabited and when the shell itself is all that remains.

"Little soldier boy, come marching home "

Here he is referring to his son and asking him to return home. Note, this next part is heart breaking ...

"Brave soldier boy, comes marching home"

Like any parent, when the hurt is most severe, the dream (of return) is realized.

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