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For many, the first world war was a journey from innocence to experience

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"For many, the first world war was a journey from innocence to experience" 'There is not anything more wonderful' to 'Lives are good for you.' This is one of many examples of how dramatically attitudes to war have changed, during and after world war one. Before World War 1 people thought that all the soldiers were heroes no matter what went wrong. A good example of this is the poem, 'The charge of the Light Brigade.' They charged into their death because of a huge mistake. This poem makes a disaster appear to be a triumph. 'Honour the charge they made.' The poet is trying to persuade people that the decision they made was for the best. Another method of persuasion used was rhetorical questions,' When can their glory fade?' This draws the reader's attention to the question making them think that their glory shouldn't fade because it was such a brave decision. 'Rode the six hundred.' By repeating this four times makes it stand out. Before this sentence there is always something like, 'Into the valley of death.' ...read more.

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They did not see war as being wonderful anymore, or see soldiers as brave heroes. They began to see what war was really about. Wilford Owen wrote many poems on his view of the war. One of these poems was the Send off. He describes how innocent the soldiers were, making the tragedies of war seem to be a secret. 'Faces grimly gay.' This shows that there was an awareness of the tragedy behind the smiles. He also uses alliteration to draw our attention to it. The poem is about new recruits leaving to start training. They are at the train station to start war, 'they lined the train.' Wilford Owen uses personification to make objects seem as though they are in the conspiracy, 'unmoved signals nodded and a lamp winked.' The poem is balanced with the verses going 3/2/5 then 3/2/5. He uses rhyme throughout the poem and has the same order in the first half as in the second, 'went, sent.' There were women who came to see them off and pinned flowers on them even if they didn't know them, 'women, who gave them flowers.' ...read more.

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This is ironic, as we know that the soldier would be sad. In the late twentieth century people now were not afraid to speak out. They now were experienced and knew how tragic war was. The poem, 'Why Patriots are a But Nuts in the Head,' is a good example of not being afraid to speak their mind. The title itself is very shocking. Before they wouldn't have dared to say something so insulting. Even in the 1914 - 1918 poems they tried to hide their views slightly. 'They wear red, white and blue tinted spectacles.' This is an example of irony because the colour rose means they think everything is great. This is true as we saw in the early poems people did see everything the good way. 'Lives are good for you.' We see this as something obvious but before they threw away their lives by going to war. They thought that fighting for your country was more important. Nowadays there are more antiwar organisations, antiwar songs and antiwar films, but unfortunately we also have many wars. These people who fight in the wars have the same attitudes as early poets. This is because they do not see the downside to war. The more experienced these people get, the less they will view war. ...read more.

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