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In this part of the essay I will be looking at two recruiting poems. Harold Begbie's 'Fall in' poem first was released in the 'Daily Chronical' on the 31st August 1914.

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The Changing attitudes to world war 1 Harold Begbie's In this part of the essay I will be looking at two recruiting poems. Harold Begbie's 'Fall in' poem first was released in the 'Daily Chronical' on the 31^st August 1914. It was one of the most popular poems of its time they even set it to music and sung it in music halls; posters and badgers related to the poem were produced. Fall In In the first line of this poem the writer immediately starts with emotional black mail he writes then if you don't fall in then you will be looked down on by girls, children, mates and neighbors. I think he portrays this the best here "What will you lack, sonny, what will you lack When the girls line up the street, Shouting their love to the lads come back" When the poem was written people thought that the whole point of life was to grow up and get married and have a family. So these quotes were very important in the recruiting poetry. He also writes about how embarrassed you would be that you didn't go and help your country win the war. He does this really well here "Will you send a strangled cheer to the sky And grin till your cheeks are red?" ...read more.


The Volunteer In the poem 'The Volunteer', Herbert Asquith rights about how boring the mans life was before he went to war such as "Here lies a clerk who half his life had spent toiling at ledgers in a city grey,". He also shows that the clerk before he was enrolled dreamed about fighting with swords and horsemen I think this shows that most people used to think that fighting was the same as what it was like before he shows this here "Yet ever 'twixt the books and his bright eyes The gleaming eagles of the legions came, And horsemen," This poem also runs very musically very much like Jessie Popes it also a very uplifting poem as it talks about how going to fight has satisfied he clerks dreams "And now those waiting dreams are satisfied;" he also talks about that even when he dies he will be content with his life as he went to fight this is show here "His lance is broken; but he lies content" Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen was born in Shropshire and went to school at Shrewbury and Liverpool. He was encouraged to right poems by his devoted mother. He could not afford to go to university so he moved to France to teach English. ...read more.


I think he does this really well in this poem he uses horrifically graphic horror. For example "And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, legless, sewn short at the elbow." Also there is "Now he will never feel again how slim girls' waists are. Or how warm their subtle hands; All of them touch him like some queer disease." As you can see from the last quotes that also that you get injured permanently you could never get any girl again and that you will probably be treated as if you have an unusual disease. He also describes how he used to be young he would like to have blood down his leg so that girls would try and make it better but now they just pass him by. He also says how he lied so that he would be able to join the army here "Smiling they wrote his lie; aged nineteen years." Also that people had said he would look good in a Kilt here "Some one had said he'd look a god in kilts," Conclusion The poem that had the greatest effect on me had to be disabled because it really brought out what it would be like to be disabled and to have come back from war with no legs. I also think he managed to describe how people would treat him really well to. ...read more.

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