• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. What attitudes to World War One does Siegfried Sassoon display in his poetry?

    when British troops 'retire' then they are cheated of their glory by those at home. In the poem he expresses his anger and bitterness towards these citizens, criticising them for their naivety and lack of awareness as to what war was really like, he despised them.

  2. The Poems of World War One Can Be Broadly Divided into Three Waves of ...

    This suggests that so many men are dying, no death is significant. Owen also may be inferring that the men are not treated like human. "Patter out their hasty orisons" infers that the dead soldiers are not getting proper funerals just quick prayers said for them.

  1. World War 1 Poetry.

    The way Owen compares the life of the soldier before the war to after it makes the poem more dramatic as the reader can clearly see the changes in his life. Now that he has become crippled girls take no notice of him, and when they come in contact with each other there is no longer any sexual attraction.

  2. By comparing and contrasting a selection of war poetry considering the ways in which ...

    As a consequence he is socially outcast, and the reader can clearly see from the line: 'To-night he noticed how the women's eyes passed from him to strong men that were whole!' This poem does not follow chronological order, but instead skips from the present to the past, giving it a reflective feeling.

  1. Compare and contrast Recruitment Poems with those written from the trenches of World War ...

    Posters and badges were produced relating to this poem. This poem consists of four verses each containing eight lines. An ABABCDCD rhyming scheme is used, again a jolly set place. The first eight lines are questions; the last eight make a statement. The author repeats himself in the first line of every verse and uses capital letters to emphasis important points and words.

  2. History - World War One

    Many signed up because they thought it would be over by Christmas, as Britain was a powerful country. In ''Goodbye to all'' by Robert Graves explains '' the papers predicted a very short war......over by Christmas at outside''. Another example of a person who thought the war would be over

  1. With detailed reference to

    I feel that there are only three characters in this poem, the first, Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn is represented as the innocent figure that was bullied and changed to fit the endorsed design, she was the outsider with nobody to turn to, "Loneliness was tough".

  2. How is the horror of war, and the poets'criticism of war conveyed in the ...

    "I knew a simple soldier boy Who grinned at life in empty joy" This one line immediately gives us a humorous image of a general which is almost like those we see in cartoons today of blustering, half drunk generals sitting in offices wheezing with a pipe in hand.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work