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Comment on how attitudes towards war have changed over the centuries I do not believe that the above statement is entirely true and rather think that the poets writing the poems have a much more direct effect, and that their perception of war is dependant on their past experiences and influences their writing. I do however think that in modern day times people are more alert to the evil nature of war, which has an affect of post 19th century poetry. The poem 'Henry V at the siege of Harfleur' could show that war used to be much more patriotic, in England's past in comparison to the 'send off'. Although I think that if one was to look further into both poems they would realise the following Henry V glorifies soldiers and the work which they do in order to help their country. ...read more.


'Dull porters watched them, and a casual tramp' - Owen is also showing that no on cares about these soldiers in the grand scheme of things they are simply a statistic, or better yet pawns on a chess board send to war to sacrifice their lives for the king. The direct parallel which, the authors have to each other is that Shakespeare has never encountered war and speaks so highly of the patriotism which soldiers have for their country. Owen who spent four months of his life fighting for his native England, shares totally different opinions and portrays the soldiers lack of emotion for their country, he also criticises those who think that war is easy, such as Shakespeare. With time comes understanding and knowledge, just in the same way that kids have not yet learnt the difference between rights and wrongs, so has it taken civilisation many years to comprehend the evilness of war. ...read more.


'the soldier' incorporates a number of different ideologies the major ones including his undying duty to defend England and his foreseen courageous death at the hands of the merciful enemy. 'that there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.' Brooke thinks that if his body should be buried in a foreign country his 'English' flesh will enrich the soil. I wish to emphasise again that Brooke never went to war although he was on his way to the front line in Turkey. He wrote this poem without any thought of the downside of war the horrific scenes of blood and loss of innocent life. The fact that he has never seen battle before is reflected in his poem because he does not mention any details of battle. To conclude the points have made have proven my line of argument and it is very easily noticeable that the poet of the poems had a much more direct effect on there style and principles than the time period in which they were written at. Ori Raveh 11 NDC ...read more.

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