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Title: "How does ?The Target' compare with ?Bohemians', both by Ivor Gurnery.

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Date: August 26, 2000
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In addition, the simple AABB rhyme scheme is used not for any poetical sophistication, rather to add rhythm to the soldier's tale. However, the appearance of alliteration for emphasis does elevate the poem from cautionary tale to elegiac success, "worst is worst, and worry's done," marking the melancholic acquiescence of the boy into a life without illusion of death...

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Indeed, the boy's eyes now see his own death as a positive, to both his mother ("she can't sleep for fear / Perhaps it might be best / To die, and set her fears at rest") and the soldier he shot ("And ask his pardon, if I durst"). This forms a stark contrast to ?The Bohemians,' in which death is purely seen as a necessary transitional period, with Gurney's attitude towards it decidedly blase, for example "And died off one by one, or became officers," a symptomatic response to one of the perennially unanswered questions about the human condition, the meaning of death...

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