Edward Thomas "Rain"
How does the poet express despair in `Rain'?
In the poem `Rain' the poet, Edward Thomas, uses different poetics, such as ; rhyme scheme, alliteration, metaphors, diction, as well as merging of images to convey the message of despair.
E. Thomas has created a broken rhyme scheme in the poem `Rain', which shows us how the poets thoughts are all disorganized and in a sense `broken' just like the rhyme scheme. The rhyme is between words such as "rain" "pain" and "again" they are not the last words of a line or all in a pattern, they are `thrown' to a certain extent in random places in the poem. However when we read the poem aloud we notice them and realize that they represent the poets thoughts, and how they are messed up and partly `broken.'
When the poet says "that the rain rains" he uses alliteration and this emphasizes the fact that the poet is depressed and feels despair as the alliteration adds to the image of continuity and repetition which run all through the poem and show how the poet is stuck in his own mind and can't escape.
The poet has compared himself to "a cold water" and the soldiers to "reeds." In this context the water is life and when he says himself "cold" we notice that he already sees himself as dead which further implies the message of despair. He has compared the soldiers to reeds, they are hard to break and there are usually a lot of them in one place, so he might be hoping that the others survive what he knows he can't.
When the poet repeats the word "and" it emphasizes the fact that the narrator knows that he is stuck "among the living and the dead" and that there always is something more coming for him and how he is never going to get out. He also repeats words like "death", "dead" and other words like ; "helplessness" "cold water" and "midnight" that help him convey the message of despair and sorrow. The poet mentioning "rain" in the poem 7 times creates the image of continuity and...