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How do women react to the war in 'war girls' and 'in time of war'?

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Introduction

How do women react to the war in 'war girls' and 'in time of war'? In this essay I will be comparing the poems 'war girls' and 'in time of war', both written about or during the First World War. I will be exploring the different attitudes of women at the time and different views of the authors. The essay will be split in half, with the first half on 'war girls' and the second on 'in time of war'. The style of war girls itself is upbeat, rhyming and song like, with alternate rhyming slang for the most part. The poem left in my mind a generally happy environment, which is a contrast to 'in time of war', which is slow, non-rhythmic, and in a sombre mood. ...read more.

Middle

This shows to the reader that the women are out attempting to impress and show that they can work and keep the country going, trying to prove to as much themselves then anyone else that they can in fact do it. But as the quotation 'till the khaki soldier boys come marching back' shows, the women know their positions are only tempery, and they only want them to be tempory, waiting for their husbands to return. 'There going to keep their end up' implies some kind of bargain and shows they feel obliged to run the country as their husbands are away fighting for their lives. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is very different to war girls, where there is no question of death or there husbands not returning. In conclusion, it is very hard for me to find similarities in the two poems apart from the fact both are about women coping in the First World War. In 'war girls' the women are happy. In 'in time of war' the author is sad. War girls is song like, in time of war is slow and boring in rhythm. War girls generally is about women coping with male business, and coping well, which later helped woman suffrage, whereas in time of war women are breaking down with fear. War girls is about women persevering, where in time of war shows sometimes they did not. ...read more.

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