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What does this poem mean? (tone, mood, and rhyme scheme)

At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border

William Stafford

This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.

Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed — or were killed — on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name

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    http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/

    Make sure you understand all three terms. Then let us know what you think.

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    I was asking if that could be included in the analysis.

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    Oh, for sure.

    This website -- http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/specific-writing-assignments/poetry-explications -- is one of the best I've seen for giving students direction in reading and analyzing and writing about poems. You may not have to include a section on meter, but all the rest is excellent to include.

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    Thank you! i think this will help a lot!

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    You're welcome.

    Let us know what you write. =)

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    Would the tone be serious?

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    Tone is simply the overriding EMOTION of the work. It could be serious, but there's at least one other that's more specific. What do you think?

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