ld likely relate to the civil war in “eighteen sixty one” since there would be similar scenes where soldiers are going to war while civilians are watching at a distance.
In the poem, at war, soldiers are likely to suffer from loneliness and same sex relationship is likely to occur. However, the poet believes that real war stories are not recorded in books. His perspective of relating to a soldier who is well dressed and equipped ready for battle provides the reader a unique access point that reflects the life of a soldier in the quest for winning the war. In this regard, a soldier is viewed as a courageous hero, well bodied and facing the challenges of discomfort (such as skin burns). In addition, the soldier is prone to experiencing suffering as he fights in different harsh locations (Killingsworth, 24). The soldier is regarded as a flexible person who has the ability of fighting on and on without despair but still suffers from loneliness and the threat of being attracted to fellow men. The difficult balance between the life of a soldier and the life of a civilian is depicted through the comparison in the description of the soldier and that of a civilian poet who enjoys the luxuries associated with the non-military life. The comparison is useful in understanding the life of a soldier who is at war on foreign land as well as the struggles they go through in the line of battle.
The poet also challenges the reader to understand and appreciate the pain suffered by the soldiers. In the poem, the poet describes the loud shouts that are associated with injured or dying soldiers through explosions gunshots or otherwise. Moreover, the shouts are being heard across continents; from the greatest cities to the rural areas and mountaintops. This indicates the adverse effects of war on the battleground areas (Killingsworth, 27). In this regard, soldiers and civilians in these areas are likely to face serious injuries as well as destruction of property and ultimately