1914 II. Safety
What is the poem about? What are some significant word choices?
- Literal meaning: Poet finding safety
- “undying” (5)
- all forms of the word “safe”
- Religious connotation: “And if these poor limbs die, safest of all”
o After death, heaven will be safe
- Faith in his country unchanging
o “for ever” (10)
- “and”
o Listing words that suggest a feeling of comfort and safety
- Mourning / Morning
What types of emotions are used or played upon? What is the tone/mood of the poem?
- comforting tone
- happiness: “happy” “blest” “birds singing” “mirth” – shown mainly by string of imagery
- assurance: “Assured” “safety with all things undying” “secretly armed against all” “sleep” “freedom” “autumnal earth” – sleep needs safety
- hope: “clouds flying” “freedom”
What is the significance in the choice of sonnet form?
- Sonnet: Romantic or love, so shows he has love for the war (romanticizing it)
this formant conveys love towards the things he talks about and mentions
creates a flow when read, nicer sound, rhyme scheme, adds to the fluidity

- Set formation: directness and honesty towards the subject matter
- Shakespearean/English Sonnet: 3 quatrains and 1 couplet at the end
- Random: (Repeats hour and we a lot to show unity)
- Couplet: It ends the poem on a note, where even though a lot of people die, it is because of this that they are safest. Emphasized because different from the rest of the poem
What are the purposes of the poem?
- recognize the soldiers as those who provided us with safety
- emphasize the importance of safety, without the soldiers there wouldn’t have been safety
o the soldiers are the ones that bring the safety – soldiers are more important than safety