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Explore the theme of war in these three post 1914 poems

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Explore the theme of war in these three post 1914 poems They were all portraying what life was like for those fighting in the 1st world war. War was not fought in the same way after 1914, weapons such as poisonous gas were used for the 1st time and the soldiers were not ready for it. Many soldiers became 'shell shocked' which meant they were over exposed to the noise of the explosions in the trenches and often became hysteric as a result of their condition. Each of he poets are men who actually fought in the war so they all share their own perspective on the situation. The poems will also deal with the issue of heroism something which was installed before the soldiers entered battle. If you died a coward it was very disrespectful. Pride was everything to good soldier or so army publicity said. As in the English army poster of a giant ape towering over London holding a women. ...read more.


The line 'he died, blown to small bits' shows a grim reality of war and the effect it has on the reader is a sense of disgust. The deserter is also a poem about a man who is trying to escape doing his duty but is shot while trying to go AWOL. The poem starts 'There was a man,- don't mind his name' suggests that he wasn't an Important person. The narrator might of left it out for he didn't think this man deserved a title for something he has done. The narrator however later on shows sympathy for the mans situation 'Who can judge him, you or I?'. The narrator is kind of saying if you were in that situation would you not do the same. The poet does mention God in this poem, the narrator makes the observation ' God makes a man of flesh and blood who yearns to live not to die'. This shows that God wanted man to live not to kill one another. ...read more.


Both mothers in 'The Hero' and 'The Deserter' are proud of their sons but do not know they died cowards. All the writers seem to focus on what effects war leaves behind. Both 'The Hero' and 'The Deserter' focus on cowards. The writers seem to have a different opinion on the matter, they seem to have sympathy for those that would of happily left them to die. I can understand why they might want to run away through fear, confusion of the new technologies etc. Each poem gives a harsh depiction of war and gives you a slight reality of it. 'An English bullet through his heart' gives you a vivid image of what has just happened. I think the line in 'The Hero' gives you the most vivid image 'he died, blown to small bits' My favourite poem was the target for it is written in a first person perspective. All these poems give the dim reality of war and show you its more then just a bunch of people fighting. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Bennett 4012 Smiths wood school 20716 ...read more.

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