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Compare and Contrast the way in which the poets presents war in 'On the Idle Hill' and 'The Drum' War, in any shape or form, affects people in many different

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Compare and Contrast the way in which the poets presents war in 'On the Idle Hill' and 'The Drum' War, in any shape or form, affects people in many different ways. Many people choose to express their feelings and experiences of war in poems. The two poems I have chosen all have different moods, structures and rhythms but their meaning is all the same- war is ruthless, terrifying and pointless. The context for these two poems is the theme of war pre 1914. Both poets, A.E. Housman (1859-1936) and John Scott (1730-1783) present a different view of war. Housman's view is neutral. Sometimes he highlights the excitement and thrill of war, but this is tempered by the knowledge that soldiers will die. Scott, on the other hand, is cynical about war; he sees more misery and chaos. 'On the Idle Hill' by Housman (1896), displays a sad and tragic mood, but there is an element of excitement. 'The Drum' by Scott (1748), presents us with a mood of anger, hate and misery with no element of happiness. Housman's view of war is that it is futile; he shows some anguish but understands peoples' need for excitement. ...read more.

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'Slain' does not just mean killed, it means "murdered", and it outlines the brutality of war. Another graphic phrase is, 'Lovely lads and dead and rotten'. These are contrasting images, and the writer is trying to put the idea across that innocent, good people can be killed in war for no reason. The final line of the verse, 'None that go return again' sums up A.E. Housman's view on war- that is just something which takes the lives of anyone who fights in it and has no point whatsoever. While in the fourth verse, it uses the instruments, to control the minds of all youthful members of the community and make them fight for their own country; with a bugle (a horn) and a fife (a flute). These instruments suggest the excitement in war which will add colour into the soldiers lives, it also shows the patriotism of war: "Far the calling bugles hollo," and "High the screaming fife replies,". People come from other villages and join the army to protect their country. All are in a file to receive their equipment and with their striking red uniform, they go to war, "Gay the files of scarlet follow:" The poem ends with a metaphor, suggesting regeneration, like the phoenix which rises from the ashes. ...read more.

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'On the Idle Hill' where it has four lines in each verse, it means the calm and peaceful times, with the pauses. The rhyme scheme is ' a,b,a,b', it gives the regular beat which imitates the beat of the drum. Although in the 'Drum' the form is fast and furious, because it's a longer stanza with 8 lines and with no pauses in it, so the poem gets faster and gives more impact than usual. The rhyme scheme is 'aa,bb,cc and dd' which contributes to reader's imagination as they can hear the drum and it helps to display the image that the world is being enveloped by war and darkness. In my conclusion, the poems, 'On the Idle Hill' and 'The Drum' give a powerful and vivid image about war and how destructive it can be, while it shows the excitement and thrill about war. Housman uses impact in two different ways: dreamy impact: "On the idle hill of summer," and forceful impact "Soldiers marching, all to die." while Scott uses devices more powerfully. These are not physically devices but spiritual. That's the reason why I think that it would give a powerful impact on the people and give them reasons against war. Whereas, Housman's poem is more thrilling and positive about war; Housman shows the excitement of war but with element of chaos and death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mahmoud Elsherif Mahmoud Elsherif ...read more.

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