Death of the Soldier and Immortality of War in Frank Ormsby’s A "Northern Spring"


  • Karolina Marzec University of Łódź



Frank Ormsby, war poetry, Northern Ireland


The paper analyzes the collection of the Northern Irish poet Frank Ormsby entitled A Northern Spring published in 1986. On the basis of selected poems, the author of this paper aims to examine the poet’s reflections about World War II, the lives of the soldiers, and the things that remain after a military combat, which are both physical and illusive. The poems included in the volume present the author’s reflections upon the senselessness of war and dying, short lives of the soldiers, the awareness of their own meaninglessness in comparison to the broader picture, and the contradictory and desperate need to be remembered nevertheless. They also show what is left of the soldiers and the war, as well as how life goes on, with or without them.


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Author Biography

Karolina Marzec, University of Łódź

Karolina Marzec is a PhD candidate in the Department of British Literature and Culture at the University of Łódź, where she holds an MA first class honours degree in English Philology and a diploma of postgraduate studies in specialized translation. Her academic interests revolve around postcolonial concepts and Northern Irish literature. She has published several articles on postcolonial motifs in British children’s literature from the beginning of the twentieth century. Her current research projects, which stand in relation to her doctoral dissertation, focus on the contemporary poets from Northern Ireland.


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How to Cite

Marzec, K. (2018). Death of the Soldier and Immortality of War in Frank Ormsby’s A "Northern Spring". Text Matters, (8), 107-121.