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Arms and the Boy
Arms and the Boy
by Wilfred Owen

Arms and the Boy Warfare Quotes Page 2

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Or give him cartridges of fine zinc teeth,
Sharp with the sharpness of grief and death. (7-8)

War is all about killing, death, dying, and the like. The rhyme on "teeth" and "death" speaks to this point. A normal body part, which has a lot of uses (chewing, smiling) is somehow made to represent a killing implement.

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