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Compare and contrast three poems on the theme of war. In your essay you should clearly outline the poet's personal circumstances, his attitude to the theme and his methods of conveying his message to the reader.

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Compare and contrast three poems on the theme of war. In your essay you should clearly outline the poet's personal circumstances, his attitude to the theme and his methods of conveying his message to the reader. Since the dawn of time there have been hundreds of wars, from small battles over territory to all out wars such as World War I and World War II. From all wars come death and destruction, tragedy and heartache. But to every cloud there is a silver lining and the silver lining to the cloud of death and destruction, is that some of the best poems and novels ever written have been inspired by the theme of war. In this essay I am going to analyse and compare three poems following this theme, they are 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen in 1917, 'Peace' by Rupert Brooke in 1914 and a pre-1900 poem called the 'The Drum' by John Scott. Owen joined the war effort in 1915 as an officer and after a short while of being there was appalled at the suffering of war. Owen believed the families at home should know about the truth about the war and this was reflected in his poetry. ...read more.

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'Anthem for Doomed Youth' was written in 1917, just before the war ended and when the true effects and the impact of the war on the world had finally been realised. The next poem I will be analysing, 'Peace' by Rupert Brooke was written in 1914 at the beginning of the war and before it had got into full swing and when the mood of all citizens of Britain was one of great buoyancy and optimism, which is a valid explanation as to why Brooke has a completely contrasting opinion of war to Owen. This optimistic opinion is greatly presented in his poem 'Peace'. Brooke saw the war as a glorious opportunity to prove his love for his country and was very enthusiastic to join the force, which he did in 1914. He wrote a series of sonnets called 1914, which was considered inspirational to the war effort and was used as great propaganda for the war. The first of these sonnets was 'Peace'. The title of the poem is when you first read seen to be ironic as the poem is about war and the word peace is the opposite, however this could just be a subtle indication that he is happy and at peace at war, which when you read on is revealed as how he feels. ...read more.

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The other two poems use more fluent and poetic descriptions to get their point across. Scott agrees with Owen on his opinion of War, that people who sign up to fight are selling their freedom and dignity for cheap rewards such as uniforms and guns. He also refers to the young men who sign up as 'thoughtless youth' this shows that he agrees with Owen that the people sign up because they think it will gain them respect and glory. This poem is very similar to Owen's in the respect that it is written about the tragedies of war: 'Burning towns, and ruined swains, mangled limbs, and dying groans, widows' tears, and orphans' moans'. Both the poets do not agree that going to war and dieing for your country gives you more respect and dignity. This poem is written in a similar mood to 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' but he approaches trying to get his point across in the poem and there is less of a poetic tone to 'the Drum' than to Owen's poem. Now that I have read and compared all three poems I have decided that I prefer 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' more than the other two as I feel it is more fluently written and I agree with his point of view on war. Melanie Lloyd Mrs Gowdy ...read more.

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