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Views on the loss of life differ in individuals especially involving war Cyril Tourneurs Epitaph on a Soldier conveys a tone of admiration honoring soldiers and displaying utmost respect using formal diction while creating abstract imagery Randal Jarrells The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner straightforwardly expresses a tone of deep bitterness towards death through the use of blunt diction and illustrates vivid imageryEpitaph on a Soldier expresses a respectful tone towards deceased soldiers The author conveys the tone through the use of formal diction Words such as interred 1 departed 2 virtue 5 and mould 1 aid in creating the reverential mood of the poem These specific words create abstract imagery and provide the reader with feelings of emotion rather than vivid tactile images The poem is written to evoke powerful emotions of honor and reverence for the departed soldier The poem described the soldier ready still to drop into his grave 4 and He welcomed it being still prepared to die 6 The noble soldier awaited death and accepted it as it came with a proud attitude to defend his liberty The poem honors the soldiers death and all that he fought for in war The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner conveys a tone of resentment towards death and war The narrator describes life as a dream with potential and promise its dream of life 3 In the fourth line however the soldier awakes to the nightmare 4 life becomes His dream of life is torn apart and washed away with his death He felt as if he had been forgotten as a human being and the war destroyed the possibilities of life The author uses word choices hunched 2 flak 4 and nightmare to provide the poem with a dark morbid tone The word choice evokes vivid grotesque imagery of the brutality of death on the battlefield The poem expresses the bitterness and tragedy of warA soldiers death is honorable as
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