• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How do these pre twentieth century poets demonstrate different aspects of war, and convey in their work their attitudes to war? These points will be measured in relation to a range of poems across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Variety of poems aim to show how war poetry can be seen then, as now, as a form of propaganda that can stir up patriotism and condemn war. War pottery has all ways been a popular subject as people have strong opinions on war Close study of these poems show us how even though now we face threats of global conflict; the issues of war then still raised the same concerns and worries. "The Drum" by Scott and "The Battle of Blenheim" by Southey both question the purpose of war. In contrast Tennyson's poem " The Charge of the Light Brigade" glorifies war and also praises bravery Two poems base on the American civil war show how poets from another country and culture had similar concerns. "Come up from the "Field Father " by Walt Whiteman looks at how war affects families left behind, whilst "what the Bullet Sang " by Bret Harte looks in detail at a weapon used increasing during this time The period 1798-1865 was a time of upheaval and unrest in both Europe and America. ...read more.

Middle

In contrast, during the battle of Blenheim, England and France were allies, showing how unsettled Europe had become. This poem is war poem showing how destructive war is. It considers war from another perspective, that of German narrator and his grandchild. Southey starts the poem off by describing the peacefulness and how the setting is perfect " It was a summer evening, Old Kaspar's work was done..." The first stanza is not written like a war poem. We only start to realise it is a war poem until his grand child meets him and shows the grandfather something " large and round" this unearths discussions of the battle what had taken place there. We find out what the " large and round " thing is in stanza three where the young child gave it to his grandfather " 'Tis some poor fellow's skull; said he" The grandfather started to tell the young child about the brutal battle what happened and how there are thousand of bones and skulls in the ground. "I find them in the garden, fir there's many here about; and often when I go plough". Southey projects his views to the audience through Old Kaspar and the children. ...read more.

Conclusion

The civil war cost the lives of more than half a million men on the two sides. Harte was a journalist and the short story writer, he analysed these deaths by focusing on part of the weaponry of a war. Harte made this poem like a love song because it contrasts well with death. The bullet is soon identified as a symbol of death "I shall find my love, - the one born for me" Showing for every person there is the bullet what will kill him or her The bullet is set out to achieve the death of some one. All the poem talk about the huge number of casualties in modern warfare there are a smaller number of casualties and less wars then in them times. We are more educated now then and literacy levels have rose greatly. Now their freedom of speech and people can say and protest if they want. All people opions are taken into account and anti war campaigner are generally supported. Every were In the wild u can get up to date news and this has effect us more propaganda has became more of a weapon to use for many country and governments. This poems ahs not affect my views that much war may have to happen some times but it is not right to kill innocent people. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. The Poems of World War One Can Be Broadly Divided into Three Waves of ...

    The emphasis is on the word youth; some of these boys are very young. It is written as a sonnet. "Passing bells" are the bells that rang to tell people that someone has died. Also, ironically, this could mean the bells on cows and is probably linked to the metaphor "die as cattle."

  2. Robert Southey wrote the Battle of Blenheim in 1798.

    I have come to the conclusion, that maybe he is not as proud as he states to his grandchildren. I believe that deep down he regrets the war happened. The line "And, with a natural sign"has proved to be very significant, as it reveals his true feelings and sadness for the people that died in the war.

  1. In the wars, Robert Rose is a very significant character.

    Ross and her empty glass. Some examples are: Mrs. Ross stared at her empty glass. How long had it been empty? Hours? Minutes? Years? (Findley, 23). Mrs. Ross stood on the landing of the stairs. The bottle fell from her hand.

  2. How do these pre twentieth century poets demonstrate different aspects of war and convey ...

    Most wars involved hand to hand combat; a total contrast to todays wars where with advanced technology they are fought over large distances with powerful weapons. 'The Drum' by John Scott was reprinted as anti-war propaganda for the Napoleonic wars.

  1. I have decided to examine in detail the two poems 'War!' by Edgar Wallace ...

    Stanton, Winfield Scott, George B. McClellan, Henry W. Halleck, Joseph Hooker, Ambrose Burnside, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Henry Thomas, Winfield Scott Hancock, and George Gordon Meade. The war was concluded in 1865 when General Lee of the South lead his army into a bit more than they could handle.

  2. What attitudes to war have youfound in your reading of war poetry?

    At the fifth stanza we see the Light Brigade pulling back from the battlefield, being picked off even as they flee the carnage left behind them. Alfred Lord Tennyson focuses heavily on the bravery and patriotism of the soldiers here: ''While horse and hero fell, They that had fought so

  1. Explore the Portrayal of War in the pre 1900 poetry -

    The soldiers "Flashed as they turned in air." This suggests that they were so powerful and energetic that they were almost flying. The verse also points to a clean, easy victory for the mighty Light Brigade, "Charging an army, while all the world wondered".

  2. War poetry - different poets attitudes to war.

    who was a frontier general in the army and Wang's friend was fighting in this war. Wang was well off because only the well off people knew how to read and write. Alfred Tennyson was born in 1809 and was considered England's greatest poet during the Victorian ages.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work