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I have decided to examine in detail the two poems 'War!' by Edgar Wallace and 'Come up from Fields, Father' by Walt Whitman. In slightly less detail I will look into the 'Battle of Blenheim' by Southey.

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What varying experiences of war do the poetry and poets that you have studied in this unit present? In this unit I have studied war poetry. In this topic I have studied example from authors and poets such as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Southey, Walt Whitman, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Wallace and the most famous Lord Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate and creator of 'Charge of the Light Brigade'. The wars that these particular poets have based their pieces on are the Boer war for Hardy, Kipling and Wallace, the Battle of Blenheim for Southey, the Battle of Balaclava for Lord Tennyson and the American Civil War for Whitman. Out of all the literature I have studied in this unit I have decided to examine in detail the two poems 'War!' by Edgar Wallace and 'Come up from Fields, Father' by Walt Whitman. In slightly less detail I will look into the 'Battle of Blenheim' by Southey. First I will look at the piece of poetry exhibited by Walt Whitman, 'Come up from the Fields, Father'. This poem as I have mentioned is set in the American Civil War. This was a war, which was between the north and the south of the USA. ...read more.


For example 'And come to the front door mother-here's a letter from thy dear son.' The hyphen in the middle gives a pause and the full stop shows a pause in between lines. There is no example of enjambement, where the line runs into the next, in the poem therefore every line is endstopped. Scattered around the poem are many personal pronouns, mainly describing the son. An example would be 'here's a letter from our dear Pete.' The 'our' makes the son seem like a possesion of the parents. This is the main personal pronoun used throughout the poem, though 'thy' is used when it is used to desribe the relationship between the mother and and son. It shows that the mother was closer with Pete than any other family member. It is used almost as a warning of what effect the death would have on the mother. Whitman devotes verse two to describing the scenery. He does this effectively. He uses two rhetorical questions 'smell you the smell of the grapes on the vines?' The second poem I will look at ('War') is set in the Boer War. The second Boer War started when the english learnt of the discovery of gold in the provence of Transvaal. They felt could drive out the Brits. ...read more.


They were commanded by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and Prince Eugene of Savoy. The other army was the French and Bavarian armies, which were commanded by Camille d'Hostun de la Baume, Duc de Tallard; Maximilian Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, and Ferdinand, Comte de Marsin. 'The Battle of Blenheim' has a motif to compare with 'War' and also to compare with war the motif changes to show a form irony 'But 'twas a famous victory' showed he realised that war was pointless. Another regular verse pattern and ryhme scheme is established in this poem, ABCBDD. Pathetic fallacy is used in the first line of this poem, 'It was a summer evening'. This technique is used by Whitman, 'moderate wind'. Both create a false sense of security. In conclusion, the poem that made the most impression on me was 'War' as it had a good rhythm and the motif was put to good effect. I think that the free verse in 'Come up from the Fields, Father' did not work as well as it could have done with a regular structure or ryhme scheme. I liked 'The Battle of Blenheim and I thought it worked but it didn't pose as much of an immiediate impact as 'War'. It made a big impact on me. War Poetry Essay Rory High Ms Harris 10R2 ...read more.

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