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Choose a selection of poems written during World War One - With close reference to the text show how each poet expresses his view of the war and how this, in turn, reflects the historical context of his writing.

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Choose a selection of poems written during World War One. With close reference to the text show how each poet expresses his view of the war and how this, in turn, reflects the historical context of his writing I have chosen four poems on the subject of World War One. Each of my chosen poems is from the individual point of view. The poem written during the middle of the war is in complete contrast to the post war and pre war poems. The middle war poem is about a soldier who can not cope anymore with the war situation; this is contrary to my other chosen poems as the post war poem is posing the rhetorical question - What is war for? The pre war poem is about a soldier willing to give his life. My chosen poems are The Soldier by Rupert Brooke this poem was written before the war, Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon this poem was written during the war and Does It Matter, also by Siegfried Sassoon this poem was written after the war. The Soldier portrays Rupert Brooke's ambition to be a hero; he is yearning to make something out of his life. ...read more.

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This is a tragic and terrible ending to which Sassoon uses powerful vocabulary to highlight his main point that the war was a terrible reality. I think 'Suicide in the Trenches' demonstrates Sassoon's personal traumas and experiences during the war. I make this judgement on the historical knowledge that Sassoon's war service was a mixture of brave (almost suicidal) deeds and a growing sense of disillusionment with the conflict. Sassoon presents a bitter attack on the nature of the War; this is completely on the contrary to 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke. Sassoon treated the war issue with meaningful negativity. He uses shocking phrases to stun the reader, "He put a bullet through his brain." This quote is part of the second stanza of the poem. The line ends with a full stop; this makes the reader pause and think about the situation. The soldier who was very positive and optimistic in the first stanza; "And whistled early with the lark." Had just killed himself due to the pressure and deathly frightening situation of the war. Sassoon experienced a sense of total disgust with the conflict during the war. This distain would work its way into his poetry and we can see the result of his experiences through the poem. ...read more.

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Sassoon's poetry is written with very similar formation and style, both poems are written with a bouncy, upbeat rhythm. Brooke's poetry is very different to Sassoon's. Brooke writes patriotically, trying to reassure the families of dead soldiers that the soldiers died how they wanted to looked upon war as an opportunity; fighting for their country. Sassoon sends out the message that war is full of fear, he has no consideration towards the mourning families. In conclusion to my essay Brooke's poetry demonstrates with a high degree of emotion, Brooke's patriotic view of the war and this could enable the reader to predict his chosen death - protecting, fighting for his country. Brooke wrote The Soldier in anticipation of how he pictured the war. Brooke had very moral, loyal principals dedicated to his country portrayed through the poem. In my opinion Sassoon would have classed Brooke as ignorant as Sassoon has the experience of the war which influences him to adopt a completely different attitude. Sassoon's poetry allows the reader to gain knowledge on his view of the war and the historical context of his poetry. Sassoon demonstrates the harsh realities of war; Brooke would find these concepts hard to conceive, as he has not encountered the situation. 4 1 JamesGrove/11La/MrsTerry/English. ...read more.

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