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A comparison of the poems 'Glory of Women' and 'my sweet old etcetera'

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A comparison of the poems 'Glory of Women' and 'my sweet old etcetera' Highlights on who the audiences for these poems are and the message conveyed by the poem and the means of conveying the message. The two poems that will be discussed in this essay both mentions how the soldier's family who is at home or the women who has no knowledge about war romanticize and support the war. In fact the poems tell the reader how these people help in prolonging the war and how dedicated they are in sending their sons to war. The poems reveal the filthy truth about how mothers dream of their sons getting killed or wounded fighting for the country and how these mothers honor the military achievements after such an event. The targeted audience of both the poems is believed to be women in particular and generally for everyone who is not directly involved in was. ...read more.

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in mind. Lines from the poem that supports the conclusion: Glory of Women: YOU love us when we're heroes, home on leave, O German mother dreaming by the fire, While you are knitting socks to send your son My Sweet old etcetera: my sister Isabel created hundreds (and hundreds)of socks not to bravely of course my father used Even though both the poems are directed towards the same audience, it is arguable that whether both the poems are targeted towards an equally knowledgeable audience. While the poem 'My sweet old etcetera' has got a lot more hidden meaning and involves a bit of knowledge on war, the 'Glory of women' is a much more shallow poem and has an easy-to-grasp touch in it. 'Glory of women' does not leave a lot of things to the imagination compared to the 'My sweet old etcetera'. ...read more.

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The interesting thing about these truths is that the presentations of these are very easily understandable and shallow as mentioned earlier. In contrast, 'My sweet old etcetera' does not have as many 'brutal' truths about war and even the very little it has (compared to the previous poem) is very difficult to pick up. As obvious as it is that both the authors condemn war and especially the attitude of the (mentioned) audience towards war, the means of doing this differs. While Sassoon uses violence and 'images' to convey his message, Cummings uses a much more intimate and subtle way to approach the message. For the poems that are written by two authors who have had experience of war and suffered the grimace that war could offer, these are really very different approaches. Both the authors are conveying the same message but in absolutely different manner to the same audience but of different capacity. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 2 Muhammad Shakir 5/3/2007 Comparison Essay ...read more.

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