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Inhis poem 'For All We Have and Are' Rudyard Kipling uses words and phrases like"For all our children's fate" to emphasize the need for war, Saying if you arenot going to fight for yourself than fight for your children.

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ESSAY ON 3 WAR POEMS No man wants to go to war and no government wants war but there are many different circumstances that lead to the action of war. Those involved in war will have political and personal views towards it. The First World War was greeted with great enthusiasm and patriotism; however it was the war in which millions died compared to the wars after. In the past 200 years warfare has changed and with this change the ideas on war have changed too. Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and David Roberts are well known war poets. Using a selection of their poems we hope to analyze the two conflicting views on war. To understand what influenced the poets we need to get an idea of their social and historical background. The poet Rudyard Kipling was an ex army official so his poems on war can be trusted. However during Kipling's war days war was not fully mechanized so Kipling cannot really describe the horror of WW1. In his poem 'For All We Have and Are' Rudyard Kipling uses words and phrases like "For all our children's fate" to emphasize the need for war, Saying if you are not going to fight for yourself than fight for your children. ...read more.

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Both poems try to glorify warfare. I think this is because the poems were written in the early stages of WW1 before most of the blood was spilled, so both poets took the opportunity to recruit more soldiers. Wilfred Owen was a solider in WW1 and battled at the front most of the war; because of this I feel his view on the war can be trusted. Wilfred Owens poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' Was first published after the war in 1921 even though it was probably written between the years 1915 and 1918 like his other poems. I think this is because it describes the true horror of warfare so the generals didn't want it published as it might discourage others from signing up to join the army. The title of the poem is 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' which means 'What a sweet and fitting thing' because of the title you are expecting the poem to describe wonderful things instead from the first line 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,' you get the impression this is not a good thing at all. ...read more.

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In the first part of his poem Roberts tries to sympathize with the parents of the dead by using phrases like 'You know they did their duty' Then from the 7th stanza onwards he changes the course of his poem. He goes on to describe the stupidity of the war and uses sarcastic phrases such as 'It must take guts to drop those bombs on defenceless people who had no chance' to emphasize the unfairness of the war. Roberts also says 'Your boys didn't have to maim and kill or break the hearts of other mothers' by this statement I think he means that I know your depressed about the loss of your sons but think of the other mothers whose hearts your sons broke by killing people who like them were just following orders. In this poem I feel David Roberts challenges the government's decision to go to war against Iraq by calling this war the 'shamefullest of wars' and by highlighting the depression and death it has already caused. If you look at the differences between the 3 poems described you will find that as time want on and war got uglier you started hearing more of the truth about war. ...read more.

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