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

Compare and contrast the attitudes to the First World War in the poetry you have read. Focus in detail on four poems, two of which should be by the same author.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and contrast the attitudes to the First World War in the poetry you have read. Focus in detail on four poems, two of which should be by the same author. By Luke Harris 10R/T When the war started the general feeling of the English was that the war was great and would be over before Christmas. This is evident in much of the early war poetry. As the war progressed, however, people began to feel disillusioned and eventually had an overwhelming feeling of futility in that so many lives were wasted for such little gain. The people back home were left feeling bitter as they gained knowledge about the suffering these young men had endured. The poetry I am going to analyse 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke, 'Cricket' by Jessie Pope, 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen reflects these changing views. Rupert Brooke was born in 1887. He joined the Navy at the start of the war, but died in 1915 whilst going to take part in the Dardenelles campaign. In 1914, Brooke composed his poem 'The Soldier' which is the fifth poem in a collection of five which displays the glory of war. As he saw little action in the Great War, Rupert Brooke was unaware of the terrible conditions in the trenches. This was because he never fought on the battlefields and due to this Brooke holds a much more glorified view of war. ...read more.

Middle

Originally, Wilfred Owen had dedicated this poem to Jessie Pope as she was very pro-war, but Siegfried Sassoon urged him not to. This, however, was not the case for many of the soldiers who signed up as they believed they were doing 'their bit' for their country and were swept up in the propaganda. This poem could have been written about many battles, but is more probably about 1916, when gas attacks were first tried and tested against the English. I think this poem is about the Battle of Marne. In the first section of the poem, Wilfred Owen describes the soldiers at the front line as "Old beggars". He is telling us that these men are so tired that they do not know what they are doing. They march on, because they are told to. Wilfred Owen describes these men as "Drunk with Fatigue". The first and second stanzas are relatively long, and then there is a short, sharp dramatic sentence, followed by another long paragraph. The short paragraph in the middle really stands out to the reader: "In all my dreams before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning." Because of the powerful, emotive language used, and the fact that it is isolated from the rest of the poem, this sentence grabs the attention of the reader. I think the layout of "Dulce et Decorum est" is purposefully set out as it represents the struggle that the soldier has to face. The first two paragraphs are of similar length, and represent the organised troops going off to war. ...read more.

Conclusion

When people were killed at war, or died for any other reason, the families of the dead would draw down their blinds and shut their curtains as a mark of respect enabling them to mourn in private and also let other people know that there had been a death in the family. However, because death was so common during WWI, blinds would be drawn every day. However, it is important to remember that soldiers only spent 3-4 days a month on average in the front lines and although massive casualties ensued, some did return from the Front. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' asks a question at the beginning of each stanza, which it then answers through the rest of that stanza. Owen does this to approach a poem from a different prospective. By asking a question, he gets the reader thinking before answering himself. It causes tension and sadness because the answer to the questions we probably could answer but do not because it is upsetting to remember the dead - especially when the question implies why should it have been them and not you? These four poems show how attitudes to war radically changed as the war progressed. In 'The Soldier', Brooke is very patriotic and extremely pro-war. 'Cricket' shows us that in 1915 a feeling of pro-war was still there but disillusionment had started to creep in. The two poems by Wilfred Owen bring home the harsh realities of war and ask the reader, safe at home, to feel pity for the soldiers on the front line. They portray a bitter attitude and strong feelings of anger and resentment. By Luke Harris 10R/T ...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. Marked by a teacher

    Choose 3 poems by Wilfred Owen that look at different aspects of war. Compare ...

    4 star(s)

    The words "dull" and "casual" show the total lack of concern that is felt for the men. At this point we can tell from Owens writing that he has already written these men off as dead. "Then, unmoved, signals nodded, and a lamp winked to the guard."

  2. Peer reviewed

    The World of words in Wilfred Owens Anthem For Doomed Youth and Dulce Et ...

    5 star(s)

    The poem was written from firsthand experience as Owen had spent a long time on the Front Line, and had experienced all he described. The second stanza in the poem, describes what could be either an experience or a nightmare of Owens.

  1. Peer reviewed

    "With Specific focus on Wilfred Owen poems Disabled, Mental cases, Dulce et Decorum est, ...

    4 star(s)

    It shows that there was no rest for the troops and they were unfairly treated as it seemed as if day was instantly followed after night, there was persistent pain, and even the splendor of dawn is not valued. The images and meaning brought from "Mental cases" in the third

  2. A Detailed Discussion and Analysis of How Poetry Reflects Changing and Different Attitudes to ...

    interpret this to mean that the soldiers could almost hear the angels talking to them, even though they were still alive, as if the men knew they were dead before they actually were. Katherine Tynan gets the message across that the Lord is protecting your sons at war and when they die, so you should let them fight.

  1. Whereas irony and sarcasm mark the poem of Wilfred Owen and Winnifred Letts ,Idealism ...

    Who is to judge a person if he is guilty or not? I also think the word God is used in this quotation to symbolize peace and to say that God did not create us for fighting .She tries to show how dramatic the war is by doing the same as Wilfred Owen , by using factual evidence.

  2. A Comparison between ‘The Kiss’, ‘Glory of Women’ by Siegfried Sassoon and ‘Dulce et ...

    How the bayonet glitters in the cold, frosty sun. This sentence is quite clever because Siegfried Sassoon uses 'she' in terms of the bayonet. * '...Quail from your downward darting kiss...' This is in the third stanza. It is mainly describing the bayonet, stabbing someone with it.

  1. Jessie Pope, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen

    She also compares war to sport and tries to diminish people's apprehension by saying that your injury will not be horrendous. She writes how you should "much rather come back with a crutch" than sit at home and be a coward.

  2. Compare and contrast the presentation of war and the poets' attitudes towards war in ...

    He despised Jessie Pope and other poets who gave a false image of war and made it seem enjoyable and exciting, more like a game, whereas Owen saw the war from a first hand perspective, rather than from the relative safety of the Home Front and it wasn't how Pope described it.

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