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Discuss the views of war presented by four pre 1914 war poets.

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Coursework Discuss the views of war presented by four pre 1914 war poets War is a topic on everyone's mind at the moment. It looks as if Britain and America will join forces to take on Iraq. Saddam Hussein has an inventory holding so much chemical biological warfare. However, the UN weapon inspectors were and still are unable to find them. Saddam Hussein stated that he had no chemical or biological warfare, until the UN weapon inspectors found his inventory. Saddam Hussein lied, and for this, Tony Blair and George Bush want war more than anything right now. Many of the public are opposed to the war that may or may not go ahead. I have recently looked at four poems that are al relevant to what is going on at this present time. All of the poems refer in some way that they are anti war. Each poem puts a message across on what the cost of war is. ...read more.

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"The leaves are falling like woman's tears" This simile is effective because it shows the loss during war. In the third stanza, Houseman indicates what the mother hears. "I hear the sound of a girl crying" He then goes on to say "How many mothers wanting a son". In the fourth and final stanza, Houseman shows how the child puts war as a game. "O this war, what a glorious game!" Houseman then ends the poem with the mother saying "sin and shame, sin and shame". Thomas Hardy's "A Wife in London" describes a lonely woman that is waiting for the news of her husband fighting in South Africa. "She", Hardy shows how there is no name as the poem describes many British wife's. Hardy shows the atmospheric surroundings "street lamp glimmers cold". This shows how the tension build as the wife awaits the news. In the second stanza, Hardy shows the anxiety as she receives the news. ...read more.

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"Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred" Tennyson makes a point meaning honour the Light Brigade as a wrong order was given out. Throughout the poem, on the last line of each stanza, Tennyson emphasises on the 600 to show this is the amount of people that died as a result of war. In conclusion, each poem has shown its views to war. "The Drum" showed the poet hating war. "A Wife in London" showed the outcome of women awaiting news on their husbands. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" shows 600 soldiers being killed as a result of a wrong order. And "For Two Voices" showed a mother and a child having a child like conversation with the child showing how he or she thought war was excellent, and the mother degrading war every time the child made it look good. I feel that war should never take place, unless it is the only thing to do. War can cause terrible outcomes, destroyed cities, broken life's and hearts as a result of family being killed. Lee Martin English Coursework ...read more.

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