• 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 presentation of war and the poets' attitudes towards war in "Who's for the game?" by Jessie Pope and "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

War Poetry Compare and contrast the presentation of war and the poets' attitudes towards war in "Who's for the game?" by Jessie Pope and "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen. (900-1500 Words). During and before the First World War, between the year 1914 and 1918, there were many recruitment banners, recruitment poems, and many other ways to encourage young men to go to war. When the war began in August 1914, Britain relied only on a small professional force, unlike most other European and Global countries that had very large conscript armies. During this time, young men had huge official and unofficial social pressures on their shoulders until conscription was enforced in Britain midway through the First World War in the year 1916. Streets became full of war recruitment posters and banners, and nearly all newspapers gave space for many war recruitment poems. One poem by Harold Begbie called Fall In, which first appeared in the Daily Chronicle on 31 August 1914, just a short while after the start of the war, became hugely popular. It was then published in many other newspapers, like other poems, and encouraged many young men to conscript. It became so popular that it was even set to music and sung in music halls. ...read more.

Middle

The third stanza is the shortest, and then comes the second, then the first and the fourth stanza is the longest. Owen does this to present war as chaotic and very disorganized. There is also another reason for this, which I will explain in due course. In the first stanza, Owen gives us the impression that the soldiers have a low morale, this makes the reader share their feelings too. The soldiers' physical appearance is dirty, unkempt, and dishevelled "like old beggars". Being beggars, this could also suggest that they are malnourished and have no decent food. The soldiers' postures are submissive, "bent double" as they have been walking for extensive periods of time. The soldiers' are seen as dispensable, unimportant, and insignificant "like old beggars...like hags". There is obvious illness and disability, "knock-kneed, coughing". These are onomatopoeic words; this makes the suffering clearer to the reader. The morale of all the soldiers is low, "cursed through sludge". Already in the first three lines, the horrors of war are emerging and so are the soldiers' feelings as a whole, unlike Pope's poem. The soldiers show resignation, despair, and are already giving up, "haunting flares we turned our backs". The inevitability of death is also presented early on in the poem, "distant rest". ...read more.

Conclusion

The alliteration on the letter 's', known as sibilance, sounds like a snake. The snake is associated with evil and so is the war. Owen then shows his anger at Pope and trying to tell the reader how bad it all is, "If you could hear". There is a slow motion, movie-like image created in the next two lines, where Owen describes the man's horrific injuries. The words used are, again, strong and contain harsh consonants, "Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud". The alliteration on 'c' represents Owen's fury and outrage. The body is rotting, they are terminal illnesses and they are incurable; there is no way in reversing the process of a gas attack, death is to be expected. Towards the end, Owen directs his poem to Pope, trying to make her change her artificial views on war. He says, "My friend"; this sounds very sarcastic, colloquial and friendly but it isn't because of what Owen is talking about. He tells her that she shouldn't tell people, "with such high zest" that war is glorious like Pope does, there is no glory in war, "children ardent for some desperate glory". Owen tells the reader and Pope that it is not sweet and proper to die for your country; it is bad to do so. He is unpatriotic and tries to reverse propaganda, "The old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori." Khalid Attia English Coursework 1 ...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

    'Who for the Game' By Jesse Pope, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' By Wilfred Owen, ...

    4 star(s)

    have the energy or even feel like turning around to see them. They are just being led like zombies. The pace of the poem quickens in the second verse. The soldiers are awoken by a gas attack. This shatters the mood that Owen has told of us in the opening verse.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    A Comparison of "Who's for the Game" and "Dulce et Decorum est".

    3 star(s)

    The words sludge suggests the conditions that of which the soldiers were walking through are wet muddy and boggy. "knock kneed" These words give the impression that it is cold and they are tired. The phrases that express the tiredness of the soldiers is the line "the men marched asleep"

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Compare and contrast attitudes to war illustrated in Jessie Pope’s ‘Who’s for the game?’ ...

    3 star(s)

    than someone who didn't fight in the war, as they missed out on the so called 'fun'. She is saying that an injury incurred during the war is like a souvenir, which these soldiers will have of war, which is a very relaxed way of looking at an injury considering

  2. Compare the way Jessie Pope (War Girls) and E.A. Mackintosh (Recruiting) write about civilian ...

    In 'War Girls' Pope repeats the phrase "there's the girl" whilst Mackintosh uses "lads you're wanted" throughout 'Recruiting'. This use of repetition hammers home to the reader the essence of the attitudes in the poems, and also gives a feeling of the attitudes being fixed and unchanging.

  1. War poetry - different poets attitudes to war.

    The poem has no real purpose. It was a soldier's friend expressing his feelings and his hope that his friend would survive the war and come back unharmed. I thought of you, so weak and indolent, Hopelessly trying to learn to march and drill.

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

    Sorley's sonnet is a very bitter experience poem that also reflects the futility of war. He uses words to do with the senses like "blind" and "deaf" to create a clearer image for the reader. "Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know" I think is very bitter.

  1. What is Jessie Pope's attitude to war in the poem 'Who's for the Game'?

    This is compared to a game like rugby, which was a popular sport amongst men at this time, whilst meaning who will rise to this duty with no fear, again appealing to masculine instinct and encouraging men to recruit. The final line: 'And who thinks he'd rather sit tight?'

  2. Based on the Poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen.

    Within the poem, Pope uses many questions which involve the reader more and together with the use of everyday language give the poem a less formal feel. She persuades the men to join the army by making them feel deceitful and cowardly if they were to � lie low�.

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