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Explore the ways in which the poets write about the feelings of women in war time, in the poems

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Explore the ways in which the poets write about the feelings of women in war time, in the poems "In Time of War" and "At the Movies" "In time of war" and "At The Movies" are both poems written about the first world war. The two poems are written by women, and both show how women feel towards the war, when it was happening. They talk about how the people that went to war were related to the women and therefore show how they felt about people close to their heart going to war. "At The Movies" is written by Florence Ripley Mastin, she is telling us what she sees in a film and how it reminds her of the people she has lost in her life, "Then I remember, and my heart grows cold!" ...read more.

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Therefore the women are reminded about the deaths of their loved ones. As these films are 12 months old from when the poem was written it brings back memories of who they have lost. "Twelve months ago they marched into the grey / Of battle; yet again behold them pass!" Mastin also brings in the past, "I meet his eyes, eager and young and bold." The men were lively and youthful when they used to be with the women before the war (12 months ago). Then, "The picture quivers into ghostly white;" Masti is saying that the film changes and suggests something has happened to the man. The last line, "Then I remember, and my heart grows cold!" ...read more.

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"Go forth: do gloriously for my dear sake." She wanted him to do glorious things, in this case fight for his country. "But now I render, blind with fear," she didn't want him to go after hearing everything about war. She complements him in the last stanza, "No lover made of dreams, but You," the capital 'Y' emphasises that she is talking bout her boyfriend or husband. In both poems the poets write that the women feel upset because there loved ones have died. "At the Movies" is more about the women watching the films and being reminded about what happened to their families. Whereas "In Time of War" is more about the women regretting on sending her man to war, but it is too late and there isn't anything she can do about it, after hearing about the things that happen to men at war. ...read more.

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