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However, 'The Drum' does demonstrate an extremely similar view of war to that conveyed by Owen in 'The Send-off'. Both depict strong anti-war attitudes, presenting their respective ideas about the wasteful sacrifice

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Section A Basing your answer on Extract A and Extract E, you should: * Write a comparison of the ways the writers present ideas about slaughter and sacrifice * Say how far you agree with the view that Scott's poem is more effective than Owen's in communicating its message. The subject of War is one that rouses many varying attitudes amongst writers, which is evident through their respective compositions of literature. Throughout the duration of World War I, many soldiers who originally harboured enthusiasm towards the notion of fighting for one's country to attain honour became incredibly cynical and satirical of the war. One such writer was Wilfred Owen, writer of 'The Send-off'. Owen joined up in the First World War, as many did, with a view that had been manipulated by the propaganda portrayed by the media of the time. Thus, he was keen to fight to defend his country in order to obtain glory. However, he soon formed his own opinion of the reality of War and became bitter and angry towards the depiction of war conveyed by the media on the home front, and those supporting it. ...read more.


For instance, the final stanza consisting of, 'May creep back, silent, to village wells Up half-known roads' speaks of the harsh reality that only few soldiers, if any will return from the war, and that those who do, will merely be shadows of their former selves, and thus the places they return to will not seem the same to them. The shrill implication of this stanza is aided by the reversed rhyme from the stanza preceding it, in addition to the pause that is induced before it. Thus, Owen and Scott demonstrate how fundamental facets of poetry can be utilised to achieve differing effects. Both Owen and Scott convey developing, well structured arguments throughout their poems, rather than displaying an undeveloped attitude. Scott manages this incredibly effectively by inducing a change of tone between stanzas. His first stanza conveys how the 'drum's discordant sound' appeals to the na�ve 'thoughtless' young men, to whom the media pleaded to join up. Certain aspects of the language in this stanza strongly exhibit Scott's unequivocal cynicism towards the common act of glorifying war and the act of fighting for one's country. ...read more.


a futile War, is clearly conveyed, in conjunction with the fact that these men didn't speak of the terrors they knew they were about to encounter. The development of Owen's argument leads him to talk of his belief that, once they have gone, their 'grimly gay' faces the last thing seen of them by those at home, only a few, if any will return, '...too few for drums and yells'. Both poets speak extremely effectively of the waste of War, exhibiting cynicism towards the attitudes of those who have not first hand experience of its terror, and therefore do not know of the true brutality of it. Whilst these poets convey similar anti-war attitudes through their poems, I believe that the original form and structure of Owen's poem, in conjunction with the effective use of language and systematic development of his argument, results in a greater impact being made on the reader through reading his poem, rather than Scott's. Despite this view however, I also believe that Scott delivers his argument extremely effectively, although his use of a more conventional form and structure leads me to think that his poem is not as effective as Owen's in communicating his message. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bethany Weston ...read more.

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