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Despite the popularity of these poems (In Flanders Fields, Break of day in the trenches and Dulce Et Decorum Est) the modern reader learns little from them. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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In my opinion I think that the poems, 'In Flanders Fields', 'Break of day in the trenches' and 'Dulce et decorum est' do teach the modern reader a variety of different things, therefore to say: "the modern reader learns little from them" is an inaccurate conclusion to draw. I think the modern reader can learn a sufficient amount from the three poems because of the clear themes that run through them. In the poem; in Flanders fields written by John McRae, it is obvious to the reader that this poet was a patriot and that he felt that the duty of the living soldiers was to honour the deed by continuing to fight on it the Great War. This poem portrays the similar attitudes of many soldiers who fought as it reflects how important it was for them to give and sacrifice their lives for the victory of their country. As a reader, you can learn the significance of the poppy; the red colour symbolising blood and death, the natural world taking its course by allowing the poppies to grow on the dead to show ...read more.

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He has the opportunity to walk around freely and do as he pleases whereas the man in a trench can only stay where he is positioned. Ironically, the rat can 'cross the sleeping green between' to have a better chance of survival than the men, who are 'less chanced than you for life'. This idea is sharply perceptive. The reader can get a sense of the real trench life and how devastating the destruction was to their lives and the appalling conditions they had to bear with. The powerful line of 'the darkness crumbles away' suggests how close they were to the earth as it was as basic as a hole in the ground. Lastly, the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' written by Wilfred Owen allows the modern reader to divulge into the world of a soldier who has to witness shocking and harrowing scenes of death and destruction day in day out. The poet gives the reader just a snippet of a typical gas attack and how they cope and deal with such a horrific situation. ...read more.

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This line represents the attitudes of some people who expect the war to be a wonderful, romantic and honourable deed when in reality it causes pain. The reader can see that children were 'ardent eyed for some desperate glory' and they believed it was an honour to die in this way which is what the title suggests. Overall, the modern reader can learn a substantial amount from reading these poems as they all cover different aspects of the war but the most resourceful poem is 'Dulce et Decorum est' because the modern reader discovers the reality of life as a soldier and the ongoing difficulties that he has to face be it from staying clear from rats of escaping a gas attack. The stereotypical war idea has been removed and the reader can learn this through this poem. ?? ?? ?? ?? English literature Mrs Stout Despite the popularity of these poems (In Flanders Fields, Break of day in the trenches and Dulce Et Decorum Est) the modern reader learns little from them. To what extent do you agree with this statement? Rhian Gohil 1/12/10 ...read more.

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