Sonnet for the courageous

Vaughan, Michael () Sonnet for the courageous.

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Title Sonnet for the courageous
Abstract/Summary The Poem is based on the World War One exploits of a now almost forgotten ANZAC hero, General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD [1865-1931] who was a noted, pioneering advocate of coordinated infantry,aircraft,artillery and tanks on the battlefield. Monash commanded the Auatrlaian Corps who spearheaded the Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918. The defeated German commander, General Ludendorff, said "August 8th was the black day of the German Army in the history of the war." Monash was knighted by King George V. Field Marshal Montgomery later wrote Monash was "the best general on the western front in Europe."
Keyword The brave
The entrenched foe
Tireless fighting
Fearless heroes
Gallant deeds
Subjects 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
21 History and Archaeology
Author Vaughan, Michael
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes Australians pride themselves on their bravery and effectiveness in battle - fighting like demons and never giving up. This Poem is an expression of those beliefs and values in warfare. The Sonnet follows the usual structure of 14 lines, though the rhyme scheme adopted is a variation of both the Italian (Petrarchan) form and the English (Shakespearean) form; having a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b-b-c-d-e-c-d-c-d-f-f; the last two lines being a usual rhyming couplet. There are also three pictorial images in the Sonnet - a laurel wreath (victory), Monash's statue, and gallantry off the battlefield with women in social situations.

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Created: Sat, 04 Feb 2012, 07:58:03 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies