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In this piece of course-work I am going to look at a few poems that are based around the trouble of war.

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War Poetry In this piece of course-work I am going to look at a few poems that are based around the trouble of war. I will first write a few lines about the poets that I will examine. Wilfred Owen, Wilfred Owen was born in Shropshire, in 1893. He was educated at both Liverpool and London University. He had ambitions to be a poet and wrote a good deal in his youth. After a severe illness in 1913 he went to France. In his time there he eventually became a tutor at Bordeaux, where he remained until 1915. He fell ill after a long experience of trench warfare, and was sent to military hospital where he met the poet Seigfried Sassoon. This poet had a great influence on him and encouraged him to write about the war. Plans were made to publish some of his poems. He was redrafted to France awarded the M.C. but was killed on November 14th 1918. This was a week before the armistice. Very few of his poems appeared in periodicals during his lifetime, Sassoon collected and published them in 1920. Owen It was once written about Owen that until the last moment of his life he was preparing himself for a volume of poems, to strike out at the conscience of England in regard to the continuation of war. ...read more.


In verse three the important lines are; 'cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them, cannon in front of them' These lines tell us that they were surrounded by cannons, and obviously had very little chance of survival. The entire world wondered about what happened. They didn't know why they rode into the valley of death. In verse 5 the poet says; "Stormed at with shot and shell, white horse and hero fell, they had fought so well came through the jaws of death back from the mouth of hell". These few lines bare a really strong point and thus tell us how bad the battle really was and that very few survived. Verse 6 talks about the charge that the 600 made and how all the world wondered if they would come out alive. "Honour the charge they made, honour the light brigade, noble six hundred". Now I shall write about another poem and poet. Laurence Binyon was the writer of For the Fallen. This was one of his many famous poems. Binyon has used some very interesting words and phrases, such as, "Flesh of her flesh they were and spirit of her spirit" This suggested that England was very proud of how their young soldiers were sent of to war. ...read more.


Verse 2 is very striking. It talks about how a gas bomb explodes and all the soldiers rush and panic trying to get their masks on in time and how a soldier didn't manage it in time. This is easy to point out as the poem says "But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.... Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, and drowning". This is a very realistic poem with a very strong message. I have talked about three poets, all of whom had fought in a war. Conclusion, Through-out this essay I have spoken about three poets. One of which was Alfred Lord Tennyson, his poem was of a romantic nature, and was called the Charge of the Light Brigade. My second poet was Laurence Binyon his poem that I looked at, For the Fallen, was a romantic poem although verging on a more realistic account of war. What I mean by saying romantic is that the poem suggests that going to war and dying was a brave and thus gave the poem a sense of romance. And my third poet was Wilfred Owen. His creations were Anthem for the Doomed Youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est. both of these poems are very realistic. By Francis Milnes. ...read more.

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