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How do these pre twentieth century poets demonstrate different aspects of war and convey in their work their attitudes to war?

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How do these pre twentieth century poets demonstrate different aspects of war and convey in their work their attitudes to war? War poetry from 1798 to 1865 was very important in informing and retelling information as there was little or no media coverage of the wars. However some of the poems have a biased point of view. An example of this is in 'The Charge of The Light Brigade' where Alfred Tennyson, as Poet Laureate, was obliged to glorify war. On the other hand four of the five poems I have analysed show the poets true opinion which is anti war ('The Drum', 'The Battle of Blenheim', 'What the Bullet Sang', 'Come up from the Fields Father'). ...read more.

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As a Quaker, Scott was a strong pacifist and disagreed with violence in any form. The poem uses contrasts as Walt Whitman does in 'Come up from the Fields Father' to emphasise the shocking aspects of war. Scott uses the symbolism of the Drum as in those days it was used to recruit men into the army. The repetition and regular rhyme echoes the sound of a drum. Scott is anti-war. We can see this from the poem as he includes words such as 'mangled', 'burning' and 'ruined'. Alfred Tennyson 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' was written in 1854 during the Crimean War. Tennyson wrote the poem in response to an article in The Times by W H Russell. ...read more.

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The bullet sets out to achieve its goal of killing a soldier although it is unaware of this. This shows how death was inevitable for soldiers. War has changed considerably since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Now over large distances hand to hand combat has become a thing of the past. Advanced education allows us to make own decisions about war and whether we want to sign up or not. Media coverage is more widespread and knowledge of battles are known more easily. The poets ideas and opinions have changed how I feel about war and its consequences. Walt Whitman's 'Come up from the Fields Father' has especially affected my views with its strong contrasts and affects on family life. ...read more.

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