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Death Up Above The most improbable way of dying is not knowing where the deathblow came from To fight for what is right is not always wrong to fight for something wrong is not always right But to fulfill your duties as a soldier for your country is always right Throughout our lives each and every one of us have been handed a daunting task in which we do not take lightly In Yeats poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Yeats uses imagery to propel his words through each of us to say that pilots fly from within and not from any outside influence Yeats writes the poem as though he is the aviator about to meet his demise The first two lines prepare the reader for what lies ahead the pilot will die Yeats doesnt stay with that point because he has more important thoughts to convey so he moves on to establish the pilots motives The pilot chose to fly and fight in the war not because he hates the Imperial Germans or because he loved his country and he didnt do it for fame or fortune The pilot flew for one reason only the sheer joy of flying With the line I balanced all brought all to mind Yeats begins to tell the reader what Major Gregory has to tell us about life and death In it Yeats is not merely saying that Major Gregory saw his life pass before his eyes In reality and especially at that moment before death all that matters is the present Perhaps that moment before death is the only moment when one can truly realize and wholeheartedly believe that For it is difficult to look at ones own life without hoping it will be better in the future or thinking about how nice it was when But what Yeats is trying to convey is that any moment may be your last so
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