In Break of Day in the Trenches, by Isaac Rosenberg, he makes a reference that a rat has a better chance of surviving that he does. That even someone more worthless than him is going to survive this terrible thing called war. In this narrative poem, he is at war fighting in France during World War I, questioning his chance of survival.
A day in the trenches begins with the Stand-to-Arms, a process observed by both sides in the Western Front. Before dawn, the soldiers are roused by their commanding officers, and they climb onto the firestep to guard against raids by the other side.
A typical day in the trenches 5am 'Stand-to' (short for 'Stand-to-Arms', meaning to be on high-alert for enemy attack) half an hour before daylight 5.30am Rum ration 6am Stand-down half an hour.In the Trenches In literature sensory imagery is used to evoke emotions in the reader or to bring the text to life. In his essay, In the Trenches, Charles Yale Harrison does so by descriptively retelling his experience of fighting in World War I. As I read the vivid narrative, images were wrought in my mind.The soldiers in the front line trenches often stayed there for at least 10 days at a time, usually with very little sleep. “Katczinsky is right when he says it would not be such a bad war if only one could get more sleep. In the line we have next to none, and fourteen days is a long time at one stretch” (p.2).
In the poem, “Break of Day in the Trenches”, the author, Isaac Rosenberg shows the theme that endless conflict leads emotionally numb soldiers to snap, through the literary devices, tone and personification. Tone is used by Rosenberg to furthermore reveal the theme in this poem. The two that he uses are musing and contemplative tones. The author uses the air of musing in this poem.Read More
Trench warfare was a type of fighting were soldiers on both sides stayed in trenches to avoid enemy fire. The soldiers built their beds into the side of the trenches. They dug holes in the ground to use as bathrooms. In order to get around in the trenches they needed to walk on boards to keep from sinking in the soft soil. If a solder should.Read More
Break of Day in the Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg - This poem was written about and during the time of World War 1 from the perspective of Isaac Rosenberg. The poem is actually quite straightforward and simple despite its perplexing lines, and contains few allusions. One of the preeminent allusions was the one referring to the poppy. When he said, “As I pull the parapet’s poppy” (5), he.Read More
Many men died on their first day in the trenches as a consequence of a precisely aimed sniper's bullet. It has been estimated that up to one third of allied casualties on the Western Front were actually sustained in the trenches. Aside from enemy injuries, disease wrought a heavy toll.Read More
Trench foot was another medical condition peculiar to trench life. It was a fungal infection of the feet caused by cold, wet and unsanitary trench conditions. It could turn gangrenous and result in amputation. Trench Foot was more of a problem at the start of trench warfare; as conditions improved in 1915 it rapidly faded, although a trickle of cases continued throughout the war. The Great War.Read More
As its title suggests, Isaac Rosenberg’s “Break of Day in the Trenches” is a poem in which time juxtaposes with setting to create a new poetic perception of life and death. It is a short.Read More
The Trenches Alana Dale, Grade 11, Carmel College Short Story 2015 Dawn began to smother the sky, it painted itself in a mixture of scarlet and crimson, reflecting the colours of the ground below. The first horrid gunshot of the day pierced through the silence that was hovering over the trenches causing the men that had been here even longer than I, to shake with the fear that still filled.Read More
Day after day was not just death but it was calm and peaceful at times. Soldiers did get to have some sleep and they did get a fair amount of food to eat. So in general I think life in the trenches was balanced and not how most people make it out to be like.Read More
For all the soldiers in the trenches, life was extremely difficult and they had a lot of chores that they had to do. They were not just firing and attacking the enemy. They were rotated between three lines, front line, support line and reserve line as well as a short period of rest then it began again. stand to at dawn. The routine began by sergeants and officers waking those who were still.Read More
The play Journey's End is set in a dug-out in the British trenches during the last year of the First World War. It covers the events and experiences of the 'C' company, just before the beginning of the Ludendorff offensive - a series of German attacks along the Western Front. Written by R.C. Sherriff, it is based on his real-life experiences as a soldier in World War One. Sherriff served as an.Read More