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A Detailed Discussion and Analysis of How Poetry Reflects the Changing of Different Attitudes during World War One.

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A Detailed Discussion and Analysis of How Poetry Reflects the Changing of Different Attitudes during World War One During W.W.O many poems were written for many different purposes and had different messages. For example Wilfred Owen's poetry offers the reader an insight into the horrors of war. This is a man who through personal experience offers us not only insight into the carnage of war but also illustrates the struggle of nature and the mental state these men cross into on the battle field. Wilfred Owen's 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game?' are both effective and powerful poems. The key difference is that Owen's poem is very much anti-war whereas Pope's poem takes a pro-war stance. As the poems are so basically different in their approach to the topic it is not surprising that the rhyming schemes and language used are also immensely different. The first poem 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen is an Italian sonnet with the rhyme scheme abab cdcd effe gg. This is a traditional format which is not surprising considering that the highly educated and experienced poet Siegfried Sassoon helped Owen develop the format of his poetry greatly during this period. ...read more.

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She persuades the men to join the army by making them feel deceitful and cowardly if they were to lie low. She is also friendly in her poem as she refers to the men as lads. She pressurises the men into joining the forces with her assumption that they'll come on alright. She makes the country more appealing and dependable upon their support when she gives it a female gender. This capitalises on the sexist attitude of the era where men were expected to take care of and protect their women. Pope has written this poem in four stanzas with a regular rhyme scheme. This makes the poem more memorable. The poem is a recruiting poem with the aim of encouraging men to volunteer to join the forces. Owen's poem is an excellent example of poetry portraying the realism of war whereas Pope's poem is an excellent example of the unfortunate attitude on the home front. The contrast between the two allows the reader to see the reality of the First World War from two immensely different perspectives. Owen's poem the Spring Offensive explores the unnatural offensive of war against spring or nature. ...read more.

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is before the war started and is aimed at working class people and trying to get them to join the war and is written in a chatty and colloquial and friendly toned whereas 'Spring Offensive' is showing people at home who aren't at war that it is horrific and pointless. However 'Who's for the Game?' depict war as a game which makes people want to join because they think it is fun like a football game, but Owen's is written from knowledge and experience and in a way the poem is a story of what Owen and many other soldiers experienced in the war. Pope's poem questions the reader very often which involves the reader more and also abuses the reader by calling them a coward if they don't join the army which makes the poem very persuasive. In conclusion we can see that poetry reflects the changing attitudes of war as we saw in the three poems which were analysed above there were many different opinions and some we haven't looked into yet and as the war progressed the attitudes changed and people started to see the harshness and reality of war instead of thinking it was a game like they did before it started. By Krish Chandradas ...read more.

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