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Compare How The War Poets Showed Different Attitudes to World War One Through Their Poems.

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Compare How The War Poets Showed Different Attitudes to World War One Through Their Poems A few years into the war, there was a lack of recruitment and so people started to print recruitment poems. These were designed to help encourage men to sign up. These poems were successful and more people signed up to fight, thinking that war is like a game. Towards the end of the war, poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon started to right poems about the reality of the war. I am going to compare one of Jessie Pope's recruitment poems with some of Owen and Sassoon's poems. The recruitment poems portrayed images that indicated that war was a fun game and that anyone that fought would make their families proud. Some poems make people feel guilty for not signing up and would make men ashamed if they did not join up to defend their country. Owen and Sassoon had a different approach to the images their poems had, as they were fighting in the war. ...read more.

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'Who's for the game, the biggest that's played, The red crashing game of a flight? Who'll grip and tackle the job unafraid? And who thinks he'd rather sit tight?' This was used because it was simple and effective. This meant that the poem was very successful in doing what it was aimed to do. On the other hand Wilfred Owen and Sassoon's poems were the opposite of the recruitment poems. Wilfred Owen's poem 'Exposure' describes the coldness of world war one waiting in the front line for an enemy attack. It describes how the soldiers felt in the trenches, in winter. Soldiers were day-dreaming, only to wake up to find someone dead with their eyes frozen open. The verse that this is in starts with alliteration to make it sound worse, 'Tonight, this frost will fasten on this mud and us.' His other poem, 'Dulce et Decorum est,' was written to go against what the recruitment poems were saying, has quite disturbing detail in it, which is used to contradict what Jessie Pope wrote in particular, as her poems annoyed him. ...read more.

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It is simple and precise. Jessie Pope, who wrote recruitment poems from the relative safety of the home front, had no idea what happened at war. She thought that war was a game. This is what angered Owen and Sassoon. I think they wrote their poems, not only to recreate the horrific images of the war, but also to show the recruitment poets that war was nothing like what they had said. Owen and Sassoon wrote their poems to give people the truth about the war. They felt the recruitment poems did not have any truth in them and so they wanted to let people know the full story about the life in the trenches. Both types of poetry were very effective in what they had to do, but in very different ways. The recruitment poets used certain words and phrases to guilt the readers into signing up or making regret not signing up. The images in owen and Sassoon's poems, however, were realistic and portrayed images of horror, to make recruitment poets, such as Jessie Pope, realise that war is not a game. By James Braybrook ...read more.

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