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World War I Poetry Coursework Question: How do the later war poets differ in their treatment of war from early war poets? World War I was noticeable for the vast amounts of poetry that was produced from many of the soldiers. The poets wrote vastly over the years 1914-1918 and they all expressed many different opinions. It was a way of getting their views across to other people. Some of the poems even made aware of the fact and the true horror of the war. During the first half of World War I, the poems that were produced had a very patriotic and glorious view to them. As the war progressed, the poems became more bitter as the true extent of what was really going on, was unveiled. Some of the poets we will be looking at include Wilfred Owen and Laurence Binyon. For early war poetry, we have studied four poems. These are: 'The Soldier', 'Rendezvous', 'For the Fallen', and 'Fall-In'. The poets who wrote these poems are: Laurence Binyon, Rupert Brooke, Alan Seeger and Harold Begbie. ...read more.


It has a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFGEFG. This gives the poem a regular flow and a constant beat. This is much easier for the reader to understand. 'Fall In' is another patriotic poem yet again and this is shown throughout the poem. This poem has four versus and the rhyme scheme is ABABCDCDEFEFGHGH and continues like this until the end of the poem. This rhyme scheme has a regular and beat which makes the every second line of the poem stand out to the reader. The next poem we studied was 'Rendezvous' written by Alan Seeger and it is quite a dull poem about death. This poem also is a personification, like 'For the Fallen'. Only this time, the personification is of death. It, yet again, has a constant rhyme scheme. Only this time, it is very effective. Because the poem is a dull poem, the constant beat keeps the reader interested in the main topic of the poem. You could say, if you wish, that most of the pre-war poems we have studied are very similar. ...read more.


This poem is a prime example of Owen's use of metaphors and similes. It even starts using a metaphor, which is 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks'. 'The Hero' is a poem by Siegfried Sasson. Sasson has a very bitter tone to his poems and his poems are always angry with someone. 'The Hero' is a poem about a mother receiving the bad news that her son is dead. This poem has an AABBBCCDEDEFF rhyme scheme. In the second verse, the rhyme scheme has changed. This is because Sasson wanted a change of meaning in the poem. 'Suicide in the Trenches' has a regular and constant rhyme scheme. Every two lines are a rhyming couplet. This keeps the flow of the poem constant. It is criticizing the British public who cheer for the soldiers, just as they are about to go to war, but the public themselves, do not know what the soldiers are about to face. It is a very bitter poem. 'They' is another very bitter poem written by Sasson. This time, Sasson is criticizing the church for making the war sound like a crusade. The poem uses a rhyme scheme of ABABCCDEDEFF. It has two versus and both end in a rhyming couplet. This is used for impact and emphasis. ...read more.

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