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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? 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.


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.


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.

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