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Fall in and Who's for the game?

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Introduction

James Pepper 15/1/05 Elwyns Fall in and Who's for the game? These two examples of poems are typical of the war propaganda of the period, they are propaganda posters to make normal people get up, tell their friends and to join the army, navy or RAF. They try to embarrass people who like to be masculine and question their masculinity; this makes them prove to people that they are a man so they go to fight in the war. The poem teases unmasculine men and tries to make them feel bad for not going to fight. Harold Begbie exclaims that all the MEN who fight in the war will be praised in the street, women will love them (which is not true if they are severely handicapped), everyone will ignore you if you don't go and everyone who does will be heroes. ...read more.

Middle

SONNY is used to make a man try to prove himself and go join up. The author creates a feeling of everyone else will be talking of the war and become popular but you will be ashamed because you did not go and you will try and avoid everyone so they wont know. Normal people rushed out to beat the foe which means they left with no hesitation or worries and knew they'd be back anyway really quickly. The author says when you are old you will tell your children and grandchildren of exiting war stories and adventures. But if you're too much of coward not to join even your children and grandchildren will be ashamed and embarrassed. The painting on the front shows a woman guiding a young man to where he should be going, the old lady wants the young ...read more.

Conclusion

He tries to make you seem uncaring when he writes "And right is smashed by wrong?" He imagines you only caring about football, cinema, the pub and the betting shop as if you only think about yourself. Jessie Pope's language is also just as persuasive. The poem she writes is called "Who's for the game?" in her poem she also repeats direct and rhetorical questions. She uses Who? as in who'll do this? and who'll do that? The who's refer to you. The use of who in most of her poem is very repetitive and therefore the Who...? will stay in your mind. Also her slang phrasing appeals to ordinary people who feel as if she's down to earth and makes the writing feel friendly, this encourages them to read on and not feel threatened with a formal very important looking poster. ...read more.

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