• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Show how Winifred M. Letts in

Extracts from this document...


Show how Winifred M. Letts in "The Deserter" and Siegfried Sassoon in "The Hero" use language to show the brutal reality of the war. Both Winifred M. Letts and Siegfried Sassoon have strong views on the war; however they both express themselves using different language. Winifred M. Letts chose her words carefully to put the reader on the side of the Deserter using rhetorical questions as in line 6, "But who can judge him, you or I?" This makes it seem like the deserter running away, was a natural response to his surroundings, and is asking if you would do or feel any different. In line 5, she uses the phrase, "Just that" This gives the impression that it was a very simple decision for the Deserter to turn and run because as it says in line 2, "Fear had dogged by night and day." Here she is metaphorically saying that fear had surrounded him every day and night since arriving, and he could not escape it. ...read more.


A lot of his words mean the opposite to their literal meaning. For example, in line 8, "Some gallant lies" Means the son in the poem was made out by the Senior Officer, who wrote the letter, to be someone, a war hero, which he was not. As in line 10, "Her weak eyes" He is referring to the mother of the sons eyes being filled with tears, they were also weak because she was old, and knew if she opened them fully she would surely cry, and the image of her being proud of her son would be gone. She would look weak to the Brother Officer. Sassoon uses alteration to add emphases to the poem. For example in line 17, "Blown to small bits" And line 12, "Brimmed with joy Because he's been so brave, her glorious boy." Most of his alliteration is "B" I think is due to the letter "B" being hard, aggressive and bold. ...read more.


This also gives the interpretation he did not have many friends. In conclusion, both "The Hero" and "The deserter" use language to show the brutal reality of the war, by basing their poems on real events that would have happened during the war. In "The Deserter" soldiers did try to escape and as a result ended up blindfolded against the wall being shot by English soldiers, many even their own friends. Letts makes the reader feel regret and sorrow for his death, as like any of the soldiers he had no choice but to join the army. The language in the poem was rhetorical, truthful and hard hitting, as you put yourself in his shoes. In "The Hero" Mothers and wives got letters from colonel's everyday with lies about how great and brave their sons were. Sassoon's gentle words at the start of the poem makes you feel sad for the old lady. However, as you go through the poem you get to know her son through the Brother Officer as what a coward he was, the language reflects this by using harsh alliteration and cruel words describing the son. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

The points in this essay are relevant; however they are made in a very simplistic way and are under developed. Links need to be made between the texts in more detail and similarities and differences identified and explored.

3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 09/07/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss the use of symbolism in the novel Fly Away Peter

    4 star(s)

    waves as he is "hanging delicately balanced / Then, on the crest of the wave / went down fast into the darkening hollow, fell." (Pg. 133 - Chpt. 18) The surfer's brief moment on the crest of the wave represents the experience of life, and his falling into the ocean

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The causes of world war one

    4 star(s)

    Tanks In 1914 the official war correspondent Colonel Earnest Swinton saw the need for an armoured vehicle, to be used to cross barbed wire and uneven ground. GHQ (General Head Quarters) rejected the proposition feeling that there was no need for such a machine.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Analysing Wilfred Owens' Poem Disabled.

    4 star(s)

    Lines 13-17 Lines 13 through 15 repeat each other, in the way they phrase the rules these soldiers live by. The style suggests the regimented, militaristic way the members of the Light Brigade think as they ride ahead, and the effect of the strong use of repetition is to drown out concerns about the blunder mentioned in the previous stanza.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Compare and contrast attitudes to war illustrated in Jessie Pope’s ‘Who’s for the game?’ ...

    3 star(s)

    Throughout the poem Jessie Pope repeatedly uses the word 'Who?' because she is questioning the audience to see who is willing enough to fight for their country. In the final two lines of the poem Jessie Pope tells us exactly who this 'Who?' she refers to is, and it's 'You.'

  1. WW1 Letter.

    The first time I was put onto the front trench I began to wonder if I would ever see you and the children ever again. The reality of the war was that it was miserable. One of the good things about life in the trenches is that everyone is friendly as we all share the same problems in life.

  2. The Lost Generation in The Sun Also Rises

    One of Jake's friends makes this remark to him, proving that Jake has in fact adopted the standards of a completely different continent to leave behind the world that he holds responsible for his current situation. Jake also uses travel later on in The Sun Also Rises to escape from

  1. War Poetry Essay.

    had shown, as the nation had suffered tremendously in the wake of WWI, and war was no longer perceived in the heroic and glorious perception. Brooke suggests that war is a unique chance to escape from the dull, boring lives and the repetitive routines which the majority of the young male population at the time may have suffered and loathed.

  2. "'Lions led by donkeys.' How valid is this interpretation of the conduct of British ...

    or whether they were written to be published (official). It is thought that the sources are written for official purposes because of their style and give a very positive image, which was needed to convince people that things on the battlefront were going well. If we could be certain that the sources were written officially of unofficially, we could

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work