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Poetry Of The First World War

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Poetry Of The First World War The First World War broke out on the 4th of august 1914. It was the first major war in Britain for hundreds of years it sparked fantasies of becoming a war hero in young boys and men's minds and because the government had assured everyone that the war would be over by Christmas, those young boys and men decided to join up in an attempt not to miss the excitement of war. Little did they know that they were being led to an untimely death by the hands of Germany. Poets were also just as patriotic as the men going to die fight. Because of this patriotism the poets wrote about how glamorous the war was and how good it felt to die for ones country. This was all in an attempt along with many others such as propaganda to keep the number of men high enough to replace those who were lost. These men did see action but they were all mainly middle class people and so were given high ranks such as major and so only gave orders and never really had to do much fighting. Because of this they did not see the true horrors of war and carried on writing patriotic poems. Fortunately for men still joining the war some poets such as Wilfred Owen did see the horrors of war and wrote very unpatriotic poems such as dulce et decorum est which was one of his most famous poems. ...read more.


"...There's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England..." he says that wherever he dies that place in which he dies will be a part of England because he thinks that he is a part of England. He wants to be remembered as part of England "if I should die think only this of me that there is some corner of a foreign field that is forever England" he is saying that he does not want anything but to be remembered as being part of England. Rupert Brookes believes that if he died while fighting for England he would be giving something back "gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given." He is so grateful for what England has given him he wants to repay the favour and by fighting for his country he believes that he will have done so. I think that brookes believes that he should give something back to England and has believes that his country is beautiful and deserves to be defended be it's people. " a dust which bore shaped and made aware gave once her flowers to love her ways to roam...washed by the rivers ,blessed by the suns of home." He writes a lot about his deep love of England and how he regards it as the greatest place on earth. " In that rich earth a richer dust concealed." Because he is English he thinks that if he dies and decomposes the earth in which he is buried if it is not English the dust which he turns to will be richer than he French dust in which he died. ...read more.


This is so emotional because the reader imagines being Owen and not being able to do anything to ease the pain of the helpless man. The poem creates such an emotional feeling from the reader because of the relentless sickening images created with words. "if you could hear at every jolt the blood come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs." This describes how the soldier who was unlucky enough to be caught in a gas attack being drove away still alive and have blood come from his lungs which have filled with water. The poem tells us that Owen did not like the poets who still used "the old lie" dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" which means that it is sweet and right to die for your country because he believed that it was not sweet nor right to die for any country. This gives the poem a very sarcastic title, as it is the exact opposite of what the poem describes. Wilfred Owen may have loved his country but he hated the fact that it encouraged young men to sign their life away and be killed by a German. And he would do all he could to prevent it. He had the exact opposite views of the two patriotic poets featured in this essay as they encouraged men to join the army and they loved their country and believed that it was worth not only dying but condemning other men to die just so that it would no be ruled by Germans. ...read more.

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