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Compare and contrast recruitment poems with those written in the trenches of World War I

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Shurreen Miles English c/w 10.4 Compare and contrast recruitment poems with those written in the trenches of World War I World War 1, was the first war to involve as many countries as it did, the war lasted over 4 years between the years of 1914 and 1918. Throughout these years a recruitment campaign took place to recruit more soldiers as many had already been killed. Many posters with catchy slogans were placed around all the cities promoting the glory of fighting for your country. Many young men were ready and waiting to be brave and serve their country in this great war and signed up eagerly, there were also recruitment poems to help recruit. Most of these poems glamorised the war to make it inviting, and also would make the reader feel guilty for not wanting to fight for his country. Many of these recruitment poems had a spot in the local newspaper as they rhymed and consisted of a good rhythm that meant they were easy to remember. But really the poems were just luring people into a false sense of security, leading them to believe that they would have an exciting experience at war and would return home safely. Poets such as Jessie pope and Harold begbie wrote these poems. ...read more.

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Overall I believe that the poem is very good at making people feel guilty, and pushing them too sign up to go to war. "The Two Mothers" is written by Matilda Bethem-Edwards, the poem is about a mother whose son has died at war and a mother whose son's did not go to war. The first mother is crying, while the other is ashamed that not one of three sons went to war, the meaning of the poem is that every loving mother, would rather have all her son's here with her and alive, rather than them being killed at war. The poem uses old English "Yon" I think the reason she uses these words is because she thinks the war will be something that will go down in history. Also like most of the recruitment poems, the author uses statements which imply that the reader should look after "their country" for example. "The nation pride" making the reader feel, as though he should risk his life for his country. The poem also has an ABAB rhyming pattern and also in the poem there is a rhetorical question "like mine who lately fought and died?" This gets the reader thinking about the verse even after they've read it; this poem is very emotional and would leave a big impact on the reader. ...read more.

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The "flowers" are compared to the tired soldiers, I think the writer believes that the just having a usually funeral service for the brave soldiers is not enough, after all the trauma they went through as he says "no mockeries now for them". He uses alliteration and the language is of high standard as if it is aimed at the people behind the war, those with authority to show them the trauma the soldiers went through. I think that this poem was written to show the reader how many people's deaths were almost just pushed under the carpet and left and not paid the respect they deserved. Overall I believe that recruitment poems were written without full knowledge of how extreme the war would become, encouraging men to take part without knowing what they were going into. Thinking it would be brave and courageous to fight for their country, and getting there and finding it's a completely different story. As trench poems confirm, they tell the horrors of war and the trauma the soldiers went through. The recruitment poems were quite hypocritical because the writers were the ones who sat back and let the men who thought they were being brave and courageous go off and fight a war they persuaded them to go. So to be honest the only poems that tell the full truth are the trench poems that were written from the trenches where the real horrors took place. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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