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Vintage Hughes - Comment on War Summary & Analysis

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Comment on War Summary

Truth in italics in this poem is called a bundle of vicious lies that are bundled together in order to make bait for the young men who will be sent to war.

Comment on War Analysis

Hughes italicizes the word truth in this poem in order to distinguish it from real truth. Truth as it is used here refers to the various ideologies and distortions that together form the various rationalizations for war. Hughes says that "we who are old" can distinguish truth from truth and he mourns that the young are killed off for the sake of lies.

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