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Referring to your Wider Reading, Examine how Typical in both Style and Treatment of Subject Matter these writings are of Literature from or about the First World War

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By Comparing Extracts A, B and C and Referring to your Wider Reading, Examine how Typical in both Style and Treatment of Subject Matter these writings are of Literature from or about the First World War The experiences of men and women within the war differed drastically, due to the different roles played by each gender; women lacked knowledge of the trauma undergone by soldiers on the frontline, due to their lack of personal experience. However, there was not only contrast between men and women in their attitudes and view of the war: Depending on the nature of their involvement in the war, attitudes of women were many and varied, as were those of men. Written by Jessie Pope, a writer well-known for the propaganda portrayed by her poetry throughout the war, 'Who's for the Game?' harbours an extremely motivational, patriotic tone. This is due to the fact that Pope was commissioned to write poems that would encourage young men to join up and fight for their country. As such, this poem illustrates Pope's utilisation of certain literary techniques in order to rouse an arguably ill-founded passion inside young men to fight to defend their country. Pope's use of rhetorical questions throughout this poem acts as a gripping device, and holds the attention of the reader; 'Who's for the game, the biggest that's played, The red, crashing game of a fight?' ...read more.

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The line would be much less effective had it said 'Because you are dead'. Allen's idealisation of her lover and his life in, and out of the war, may be due to the manner in which she received the news of his death, and how little of the truth she was told. This is a subject directly addressed by Siegfried Sassoon in 'The Hero', as he speaks of the 'gallant lies' an officer had delivered to the mother of a soldier who had actually died a horrific death. It is portrayed by Allen that her and her lover 'thought of many things and spoke of few' when he returned home on leave, thereby conveying that he found it difficult to speak of the truth to her. This seeming feeling of not being able to confide in anyone one the home front was common amongst soldiers in the First World War. R.C Sherriff demonstrates it in his play 'Journey's End' through Stanhope's reluctance to take leave, and Susan Hill illustrates it through Hilliard's emotional isolation from his family in 'Strange Meeting', as he cannot even speak to his sister of the 'nightmares' he encounters whilst at home on leave. Had Allen known the honest nature of her lover's death, and life at war, she may have expressed a different view through this poem. Vera Brittain did gain an insight into the reality of what life must have been like for the men at war, through receiving her dead fianc´┐Ż's uniform via post. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pope employs simple language and colloquialisms in her poem, due to its form and audience: As it appeared in a national newspaper, the audience was broad, and so the use of simple language meant the poem would appeal to everyone. The colloquialisms, such as 'lie low' '...give his country a hand' illustrate Pope's ability to relate to her intended audience, as boys of the time would find this language common and therefore easy to relate to. The patriotism conveyed by Pope is also illustrated through the latter of the two colloquialisms above. This patriotic attitude was shared by Rupert Brooke, as is conveyed through his poem, 'The Soldier' when he writes; 'A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam' Brooke died of dysentery before carrying out any active service in the war, and therefore, he too was ignorant of the true conditions of life in the trenches. Thus, his poetry often illustrated naivety and patriotism, similar to others, like Pope and Allen, who were ignorant of the brutal reality of war. Through comparing these three texts we can consequently deduce that although one would assume women to have adopted a romantic view towards the act of fighting for one's country due to their lack of active involvement in the war, there were actually a range of views produced amongst women as a result of the first world war, expressed through their various pieces of literature. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bethany Weston 1 ...read more.

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