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How have poets' attitudes to war changes from Tennyson to Owen? The opinion of war has changed greatly since World War one, poets like Tennyson wrote about how heroic

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How have poets' attitudes to war changes from Tennyson to Owen? The opinion of war has changed greatly since World War one, poets like Tennyson wrote about how heroic soldiers were to go to war while recent war poets like Roger McGrough are against war. The reasons for this change in opinions since Tennyson is that modern day warfare is more dangerous killing more innocent people. Now day's people are also less patriotic and people are more informed about past war horrors from poets who went to war and returned with bloody stories like Sassson and Owen. Mc Gough shows the seriousness of modern day war with his poem Icarus Allsorts, he writes "from every corner of the earth bombs began to fly". This underlines how advanced and dangerous modern day technology is. War poetry has changed dramatically since Alfred Tennyson in 1854. When Tennyson wrote 'charge of the light Brigade' most poets were very patriotic and pro war. In the modern days of poets like McGough most poets are anti-war and they write about the dangers of war. The Crimean war was a war between Russia and Britain in 1854. During this war there was the disastrous 'charge of the light brigade' an obvious mistake by a general who sent 600 British men to inevitable death. ...read more.

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Throughout the poem Jesse uses rhetorical questions. The actual title of one of her famous poems is 'Who's for the game' is a rhetorical question. Using rhetorical questions makes the readers remember the question and then makes the reader question himself over and over it again, it is a persuasive technique. Another technique Jesse uses is using metaphors. When Jesse wrote 'Who's for the game, the biggest that's played' she compared war to a game. This made the readers picture as something they might enjoy which then makes the reader excited by the idea. Jesse uses the simple rhyme scheme A B A B so she can appeal to the lower and working class people who may not understand more complicated rhyme schemes. Another way she appeals to the lower and working class is by using very simple basic language. As well as being one of the biggest wars ever, world war one was also one of the cruellest, most horrific and evil war ever. Because of the horrific dying. And because poets like Jesse Pope didn't describe these deaths to future victims of war, there was a new type of poet made. Siegfried Sassoon wrote war poetry because he had first hand experience of the horrors of war. He wrote realistically and descriptively about his horrors. ...read more.

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Compared to other poets like Jesse Pope this is a really grim way to describe war but it gives more realism therefore more persuasiveness. In the final Verse of the poem Owen address's the people who were thinking about going to war directly and tells them that they to could 'pace behind the wagon' meaning they to could become apart of this misery. This really makes the readers question who is right about war Jesse, the writer who has never experienced war, or Owen who was a soldier in the World War. This poem is so persuasive and effective because of the use of visual imagery and very blunt description to show the readers the truth about the war. Poet's opinion has changed from Tennyson to Owen because of how dangerous war has become and because of how many people are affected by war. In early warfare poets believe it was heroic and patriotic to go to war and fight for your country. Now modern poets and poets from around the world war believe that war is a bad thing. They believe this because they have experienced war first hand and understand how it has affected them and others around them. Modern day poets also can realise how great the risk of another war is because of how more advanced technology is. ...read more.

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