in poem the narrator meets a dying soldier who inspite of grave injuries has a smile to deep wound. the soldier had fought the battle restlessly and shared experiences with the narrator. the agony of the soldier has traumatized the narrator who later dies of with a small pain in chest. poem is a anti-war poem teaches us the side effects of war & the results it has shown in the lives of people. hence, advising us to understand the real agony of people involved in war had never given happiness to people or the nations fighting it.
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How does the poem small pain in my chest highlight the horrors of war?
War is a gory and glorious affair.
Those who win wars present its glorious aspect in terms of heroism, nobility, etc. but losses in a war are kept under cover from the common people as it is nothing but gory.
that may indicate that he is having many responsibilities on his head and due to that he may get the chest pain
The sun here is a source of life, the bright sun-shine gives life.But the soldier is feeling cold and the sun is becoming dim for him even in the morning, which symbolises that darkness is entering into his life and death is approaching.
His smile shows that he is grateful for the help he received from the narrator.
The large pain in the narrator's heart , symbolises the greater guilt on the part of humanity at not being able to give up wars.
Again, at the end when the narrator holds the young soldier boy close to his heart, he could feel that their wounds were pressed -- The large one in the narrator's heart, against the small pain in the soldier's chest which symbolises the greater guilt on the part of humanity at not being able to give up wars.