Power of nature
Effects of conflict
Reality of conflict
Loss and Absence
'her melancholy army'
Personified as a female but cruel and merciless, not a creator of life
Subversion of compassionate mother nature
Challenges the nature of the enemy- who is the battle really with?
'but nothing happens'
Represents stasis (lack of change) the soldiers are put through
'silence, sentries whisper'
Sibilance creates effect of whispering
An attempt not to draw the attention of the enemy
'flowing flakes that flock'
Alliteration of soft 'f' sound
Highlight the seemingly perpetual onslaught of the snow
'for love of God seems dying'
War can lead to loss of faith
Is war caused because man's love for God is dying or is God's love for man dying??
Emphasises the hopelessness of not being allowed into the warmth