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Jessie Pope, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen

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War Poetry 1) I have chosen four poems that show an assortment of attitudes towards the First World War. I will show the difference between their views towards the war. Jessie Pope, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen are the poets I have chosen to convey different attitudes and ideas towards the war. These three poets provide contrasting views that can be divided into two. Jessie Pope and Rupert Brooke are two poets who both provide enthusiastic views towards war and Wilfred Owen provides a hostile view towards war. To begin with I will consider the pro-war poet Rupert Brooke and his poem "Peace." He never actually fought in the war as he died shortly after he had signed up. His poem "Peace" illustrates the eagerness to fight in the war. Brooke writes that they have been sleeping throughout the Victorian era and war has 'wakened us from our sleeping.' He thanks God for this as in the first line he writes 'God be thanked.' It also says how the youth had nothing to do. However now the war has started they can fight for their country. It shows this by saying 'And caught our youth.' It goes onto say that they have received extensive training for war. Thanks to the training they are ready for war. This is shown when it says "With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power." ...read more.


'Dulce et Decorum Est' is told in first person to give the poem a greater effect. Wilfred Owen immediately throws the writer in at the deep end as to what life was like in the trenches. This gets the message across stronger. The first two lines immediately take the honour out of war because the soldiers have lost everything their dignity, health and youth. The first line 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks.' Is a simile and is opposing Jessie Pope who said this was just a game. In the second paragraph the tempo increases as the soldiers frantically try to put their gas masks on and when one person fails to do this in time he gives a very graphic explanation. He does this by saying 'And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.' Wilfred Owen makes an immediate separation between the dying soldier and himself. This is shown metaphorically. Owen refers to the sea metaphorically showing the strength of the ocean or in this case, the gas. He infers that you are powerless against the gas. This is shown by 'as under a green sea I see him drowning'. This paragraph is showing the ease of death on the front. One shell of gas can kill a person in an instant and he is powerless against it. This personalised view makes the death of the soldier have a far greater effect. ...read more.


The recovery, however, for many victims of war and the struggle for survival lasted much longer than the actual war as it shows at the end 'why don't they come?' There are many different reasons for their difference in attitudes and opinions as the pro-war poems. The ones written by Jessie Pope and Rupert Brooke were written at the start of the war in 1914 and 1915 when many people thought it would not last very long. However when Wilfred Owen wrote his in 1917 and 1918 the war had been going on for four years and neither side looked like winning. Wilfred Owen did not like Jessie Pope, as she was oblivious of the hideous situation into which young men were being sent helped by her poetry. These three different poets all had different reasons for writing what they wrote. Wilfred Owen was affected emotionally by the war and this is shown in his work. He states things very graphically to give a vivid picture and he does not leave much to the imagination. Jessie Pope encouraged people join the army. This is shown very much in her unique style of writing. Rupert Brooke was also pro-war like Jessie Pope however, he was not writing to encourage people to join. The irony is that Jessie Pope and Rupert Brooke had never actually seen the trenches and were very inexperienced about war. They did not have an eye witness account like Wilfred Owen. That experience resulted in being negative towards war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Heseltine 10BW English Coursework ...read more.

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