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Poetry of the First World War.

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Introduction

Poetry of the First World War The First World War broke out on the 4th August 1914. It sparked fantasies for many young men of becoming a war hero. The government assured everyone that the war would be over by Christmas. Boys and men decided to join up in an attempt not to miss the excitement. Poets were just as patriotic as the men going to die fighting. 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 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 and didn't see much of the front line. They didn't see the true horrors of war and carried on writing patriotic poems. ...read more.

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He believes that dying for his country would make up for all his sins and he would become at one with god, "a body of England breathing English air". He wants to be remembered as part of England and says that wherever he dies that place becomes part of England because he's there, "there is some corner of a foreign field that is forever England". I think that Brookes believes that he should give something back to England and has beliefs that his country is beautiful and deserves to be defended by its people. 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". Wilfred Owen wrote about not how much he hated England but how much he hated the war. "they wrote his lie smiling" he makes the men who are signing up sound evil because they know that they are condemning a man who is too young to join, to death. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poem makes it sound as if Owen is out to once and for all change everybody's opinion of war once and for all. The part of the poem which is most disturbing is "... he plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning." This part tells of one of Owens' 'drowning' in gas during an attack. The poem tells us that Owen did not like the poets that used the old lie 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, which means that it is sweet and right to die for ones country, because he believed it was not sweet or 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. Owen may have loved his country but he hated the fact that it encouraged young men to sign their lives away to be killed by the Germans. He would do all that he could to prevent it. He had opposite views to the other poets as they encouraged the death of men for their country. ...read more.

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