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Contrasts of War Time Poems By Umar Raja The beginning of the first world war resulted in a lot of literature coming out .As the war went on there was a pattern change in the literature, I think this may of been because it was the first world war, society didn't know what to expect . I believe the first poems wrote were written in the style of propaganda to encourage young men to join the army, as the war probably went on the realities of war were realised and reflected in the poetry. Some were even written by the men in the war as the shock of the war was so harsh that they needed to talk about their feelings, emotion and how they felt. They couldn't do anything because of the emotional impact. In this essay I am going to look at three war poems, Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the game?' Wilfred Owen's 'Disabled' and 'Dulce et Decorum est' I will discuss all three poems, and the difference between the three. 'Who's for the game?' Jessie Pope. This poem is written by Jessie Popes who is a woman, in those times it was men who mainly dominated the literature, so it was good to see a poem written by a woman. Pope was a reporter so she would of probably seen the effects of war when reporting. She talks about war as if she knows what it is was like firsthand. This makes you feel like she a bit of a hypocrite, because she doesn't know about the real issues, of war. ...read more.


I think this is a really good poem, and this is very cleverly written with the metaphors and personification. The words, Popes uses gives the right atmosphere I feel she wants to achieve, and the attending message comes across the way she wants. I don't agree with the moral issue of this poem, but I think the talent of the poet is excellent. 'Disabled' Wilfred Owen. When I read the title of this poem, I didn't take much notice of the title but it isn't until I read on that I realised it's more deeper than I thought it was. Unlike Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the game?' Her use of regular stanzas, Owen uses even stanzas. I think Owen does this, as it loses that essence of fun and rhythm, it comes across much more deeper and serious. I feel, in this poem Owen tries to get the reader's sympathy and I feel he does succeed. The poem is written so skilfully written, as all he does is describe the situation of the young man," He sat in a -waiting for dark." I believe the end of the first stanza talks about the things he is envious of, it's what he had 'before he threw away his legs,' I feel this sounds as if how his legs were thrown away like nothing, like rubbish. I think the way he uses comparisons of the young boy's life before the war and after, has a big impact on you. ...read more.


Writhing is a word, that is used to show the movement of your body when it is in agony, and just imagining the movement of his eyes in that agony. It really touches you, and made me shiver. In the last stanza where "If you could hear-froth corrupted lungs," gives you this sickly this auditory and usual image. In this poem, Owen criticises people like Jessie Popes, that if they could see the reality and suffering of war, they wouldn't hold the views they do. At the end you get this bitterness "The old lie," "Dulce et et decorum est Pro patria mori," meaning 'it is fitting and sweet way to die for your country.' I think that Owen makes this poem, moving the imagery and use of words. When you concentrate on the words, it makes you realise how truly sad it war was. To be honest, when I read this the first couple of times, I didn't really feel or think anything. When I concentrated on the words, I took my time on it, as I would stop and think about them. It really makes you sad and sympathetic towards the people who went out and fought, I feel this poem really gets you thinking, as you really can't escape the words Owen uses. I think Wilfred Owen's two poems, give a more realistic idea of war. Wilfred Owen himself was part of the army. Even after Wilfred Owen came back during the war because he was injured, he returned back to fight again. In Owen's two poems, it comes across he criticises people who held the same types, of views as Jessie popes. ...read more.

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