Why is the word HERE in Stanza 7 of Michael Mack’s poem ‘Small Pain in My Chest’ written in capital letter?
The general view is that soldiers die heroic deaths in the Battlefields. But the soldier boy in the poem doesn’t find the battleground to be a great place to die at all. It seems silly to him that he is dying here without any good reason. So the word ‘HERE’ is ironically used to emphasize the gruesome reality that no soldier wishes to die in war, and after all, that is not a good place or cause for death.