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"Compare two poems that show what the soldiers lives were really like at war". Recruiting and The Bohemians

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Poetry Essay "Compare two poems that show what the soldiers lives were really like at war". "Recruiting" and "The Bohemians" both show what the soldiers lives were really like out at war. A question that I must I ask is how do the poets put the 'realistic' view and image of war across in the poems. "The Bohemians" suggests that the poem is about rebelling against the rules of society; this is because of the definition of a Bohemian. "The Bohemians" is about a group of soldiers who rebel towards the fashions of war and the war in general. A good example of the fashions of war is "Certain people would not clean their buttons". This gives the impression in the first line that the Bohemians would seem to always go against society's way of life to be different and that they would do what they feel like, for example not cleaning their buttons. This gives the impact to the reader that there is two very separate groups of people out at war, one that is all neat and how the soldiers were expected to be, the others are the 'Bohemians' who do what they want to do. ...read more.

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The impact of all of this is quite great, as mentioned before it is quite quick and so a bit confusing which is an image of the battle. "Recruiting" on the other hand is quite long with 11 stanzas, a regular rhythm and rhyme scheme. This gives the image of maybe a train taking soldiers to war or the soldiers marching to war. The most important thing to look at in both of the poems is the imagery used as I am looking at the realistic view and image of what the soldiers lives were really like. "The Bohemians" creates quite a dark almost evil view of war which reflects well on what the soldiers lives were really like as it was a bit like hell. References in the poem to hell and evil consist of things such as, "like evil for quickness", "the ghost of notions" and "as to fear candles". These all show references in one way or another and create an image of a dark eerie place where fear exists wherever you go. ...read more.

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Throughout the poem there is a sympathetic tone which is occasionally twined in with the image of Hell, this is similar to "The Bohemians" which therefore is a strong argument and comparison to what the soldier's lives were really like, "more poor devils like yourselves," again as mentioned previously this creates the image of hell and this image of hell and death creates a strong impact upon the reader. Overall I can conclude that "The Bohemians" and "Recruiting" both show what the soldiers lives were really like by using the image of hell and death to put across to the reader the reality of war. The indications of hell are quite obvious but they match well with the structures with things being slightly irregular, so deaths occur meaning that the soldier numbers are down so that they recruit and get more people to fight. The overall image created from both of the poems is that you are recruited, you go on a train to war, then you fight and become either a 'good' person or a Bohemian and the you eventually die and so they need to recruit again. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kevin Reeves English Essay Mr Beasley 11 MLC ...read more.

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