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I have studied poems of World War II. I found that the poems fell into two categories, Recruiting Poems and Reality Poems.

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World War II Poetry I have studied poems of World War II. I found that the poems fell into two categories, Recruiting Poems and Reality Poems. Recruiting poems were those which were written by poets who have never encountered war but were paid to convince the reader, usually in their twenties, to sign up with the army. Reality poems tragic and effective story of what war was really like. They were written after war by a person who has suffered the consequences of the battleground. Dulce Et Decorum Est, a reality poem written by Wilfred Owen describes the struggle of a group of people who have to fight through the extraordinary events of war day in day out. Wilfred Owen frequently uses highly emotive language throughout the poem for example "haunting", "limped" and "guttering, choking, drowning". These help the reader imagine the terrible pain the soldiers suffered. Owen uses rhetorical devices such as "you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in" The title, in English means It Is Sweet And Honourable To Die For Ones Country. ...read more.


In this Poem Owens main question to the reader is before going into the army think carefully of what you are doing as you might get and see something completely different to what you may have imagined. Disabled, another reality poem of Wilfred Owen. Describes somebody that he knew in the army. Who has had his leg blown off in World War II. "He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark" this is the first line of Disabled, which already suggests that the poem is a reality poem. He wants for dark because then things will be quiet. He is obviously regretted joining the war and Owen portrays this well. Owen uses emotive language in this poem too for example "saddening", "pleasure" and "god" these give mixed opinions, as does the poem, which changes between past and present. He talks about the evenings. He says the town's atmosphere is fun and happy everybody dancing and having fun, which is something, that he will never again experience because he joined the army for war. ...read more.


An example of this patriotism can be found in the final stanza where it says "Britain's Call". In the reality poem Disabled Wilfred Owen talks about women hating him where as in Fall in it says "girls line up in the street shouting their love", this will make any young man sign up but the reality of this far from it. So this proves that recruiting poets were paid to lie. Another recruiting poem is who's for the game written by Jessie Pope. She portrays the image of war being as a game as a game could never hurt you. She also says that if you don't sign up for this game then you will miss out on a lot, these are on the end of each stanza, "rather sit tight", "seat in the stand and "be out of the fun" But will the people be so na�ve as to believe that war could be a game and girls will line the streets? But in the reality poems the Pros way out the Cons. ...read more.

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