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

How reliable and useful are the poem "a Terre" by Wilfred Owen and the painting "Harvest Of Battle" by CRW Nevinson for an historian studying battle conditions in World War 1?

Extracts from this document...


How reliable and useful are the poem "a Terre" by Wilfred Owen and the painting "Harvest Of Battle" by CRW Nevinson for an historian studying battle conditions in World War 1? The two sources explaining the conditions of World War 1 inform us in different ways, one is a painting, which tells us that during the war there was pain and violence. The painting looks as though wild beats have come and destroyed mankind. There are dead men lying on the muddy battle fields of no mans land and injured men walking away form the war. You can still see what is left of the barbed wire used to defend the enemies' trenches. Also the other source which is the poem creates a mental image inside your head. ...read more.


In the trenches men stood for hours on end in water logged trenches without being able to remove wet socks or boots. The feet would gradually go numb and the skin would turn red or blue. The poem also does not tell you about trench life and what it was like. Men in trenches suffered form lice. They are a pale fawn color and they leave blotchy red bite marks all over the body. They created a stale smell. Various methods were used to remove the lice. The most effected being, with a lighted candle try to burn the lice without burning your clothes. As well as causing frenzied itching, the lice carried a disease - pyrrexhia or trench fever. Although the disease did not kill, it stopped soldiers from fighting and accounted for about 15% of all cases of sickness in the British army. ...read more.


The poem is a more reliable source. This is because Wilfred Owen is a poet and can get to the feelings and emotions that the soldiers are feeling and thinking his poem shows us this. The soldier wants to grow old and bald he does no longer care the children make fun of him he has proved himself as a strong soldier. Even though the soldier feels he has taken the cowards way out of war by being injured. The poem gives more information of how the soldiers may have felt in the trenches, how they felt about war. The poem gives facts of one soldier's injuries. The painting is just simply a picture although it shows us that the armies had barbed wire to protect their trenches and shows what no mans land may have looked like, it does not go into enough detail about the disease trench foot. It does not show soldiers with lice on there clothes. All it shows it death and pain. ...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 Battle of the Somme - source related study.

    The Source also shows us that the British conscripted their soldiers and had a keen interest to see how they have coped throughout the war and how many survived. Source C though does has similarities with Source A but also contradicts the paragraph by showing the deaths of the soldiers

  2. The Battle of the Somme 1916

    What also didn't help was the weather in the week the artillery shower took place. It was very cloudy and misty. This meant that the general's plan to find out where the enemy's artillery and other defences were by sending aircraft over the German trenches was used in vain.

  1. The Battle of the Somme 1916 - source related study.

    So, having to walk uphill in mud would have made it a slow and difficult process for the soldiers. This in turn made it easier on the German enemy to shoot them down, so few actually got over to the enemy trenches.

  2. World War 1 Poetry.

    The poem shows the contrasting lives the soldier led, before and after the war. In this poem, Owen strongly attacks patriotic poets who advertised war as a harmless game, especially Pope in ' Who's for the game?' In 'Disabled,' like 'Who's for the Game?'

  1. Which one of these is more useful to an historian as evidence about conditions ...

    Proves that men would not stand up above the trench because of snipers. The soldier who was snipered he was standing outside his dugout and he still got snipered, so the soldier in source G was bound to get snipered.

  2. Which source is the more useful to an historian studying the use of propaganda ...

    Source C,was taken from the British magazine, "Punch" in August 1914.This magazine is said to have been written for the middle classes so,therefore,this cartoon was sure to have been directed at the middle class in order to persuade them to join the army as at the moment,the majority of recruits

  1. How useful are Sources A, B and M to an historian studying the attitudes ...

    Furthermore the NCO would have had loads of experience as he was probably once a career soldier working his way up the ranks, so he would have known not to say this because it would have decreased morale and confidence.

  2. How Useful are Sources A, B and M to a Historian Studying the Attitudes ...

    Both Sources A and B back up this stereotype. Source A is a piece of propaganda from the magazine 'Punch'. Propaganda, especially after the war, promotes and in many cases exaggerates the incompetence of the generals during the war. The truth is that every soldier's war was different, and every soldier, therefore had a different experience at the front.

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