The gardens re sent the natural, the free, the graceful, the beautiful, the joyous-- everything that is missing from the fives of the trainees. The bees, by fertilizing the flowers, are helping to bring about new life. The trainees and the gardens thus symbolically represent a series of opposites: death versus life, incompleteness versus

completeness, the mechanical versus the natural, regimentation versus freedom, awkwardness versus grace, drabness versus beauty, tedium versus joy--the list can be extended. Through this ironic juxtaposition, the poet indirectly makes a statement about the kind of life imposed on man by war and preparation for war.