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Compare the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon - Include an analysis of at least two poems by each poet - Try to place both poets into general context of poems about The First World War.

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Compare the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Include an analysis of at least two poems by each poet. Try to place both poets into general context of poems about The First World War. People wrote poetry in the war because they wanted people to think that war was a good thing and that if you went you would be rewarded when you came back. They also wrote it because there was no Television and Radios so poetry was the way people got their ideas across. The attitude of people during the war, war that mums were encouraging their children to join up but actually they were sending them to their death. People were very patriotic in that period of time. Rupert Brook did not really have an experience of the war, he never saw any real action. ...read more.

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The result was that Sassoon was sent to a mental home (Craiglockheart Hospital). The poems 'Attack' and 'Wirers' try to show that war is not as people thought it would be. Sassoon tried to show in his poems that war was a waste of life and that it was pointless. The line 'men jostle and climb to meat bristling fire' shows that as soon as they get out of the trench they get shot, then when the next lot of men try and get over it is harder because of the other dead men on top 'grappling fists' they are wrestling to get over. The wirers kept getting caught on the wire, then made to much noise then got shot 'clumsy ghosts' and 'tripped by clutching snare'. ...read more.

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Then the sun comes up and the wirers have to run back in to the trench but they get caught on the wire. Then some one called young Hughes got badly hit and was being carried away, 'Hughes was badly hit; I heard him being carried away'. The metaphor 'They toil with ........ anger in their blood' they are angry because they don't want to fix the wire because it is dangerous. The wirers are described as 'clumsy ghosts' this is because they were hurrying back, tripping over and making noise. The word ghosts means they looked like silhouettes. The alliteration in line 'Stride thither and thither, whispering, tripped by clutching snare' the letter 't' emphasises how clumsy they were. The last line has some italic's in it 'But we can safely say the front-line wire's been safely mended' the 'we' is probably the government and generals who really don't under stand. ...read more.

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