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Surely you stay my certain own you stayMy you All honest lofty as a cloudSurely I could come now and find you highAs mine as you ever were should not be awedSurely your word would pop as insolentAs always Why of course I love you dearYour gaze surely ungauzed as I could wantYour touches that never were careful what they wereSurely But I am very off from thatFrom surely From indeed From the decent arrowThat was my clean naivete and my faithThis morning men deliver wounds and deathThey will deliver death and wounds tomorrowWar is a reality that has plagued man for many centuries It effects all aspects of life and has often been the historical turning point for many movements that have changed the worlds views about race culture society economics and politics This is evident in most history books and political records but the plight of the common man the solider the mourning wife the parent or friend is often forgotten about except for in literary works Gwendolyn Brooks Gays Chaps at the Bar is a collection of sonnets written in reaction to the problems as well as realities of World War II In it she poetically explores the topics of loss duty danger and love in relation to war but her poems are not typical sonnets As a seminal writer Brooks effectively uses poetic forms such as rhyme and rhythm to enhance the social commentary of her poetry proving that she has mastered traditional poetic devices For example in the sonnet love note I surely she takes the love relationship of one couple and shows how it can be changed by the cruelties of war Their love affair something that was genuine is suddenly doubted because of the realities of that which is going on in the world around them Not only has the war taken the lives of the soldiers that are fighting in it but it has also taken away
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