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Synoptic Module Revisit the armistice, letters from a lost generation + Geraldine Robertson Glasgow's poem Dulce et Decorum. How typical are they of work written by women in the war period. Compare and contrast the techniques they use to make their point. At the end of the Battle of the Somme and when the war was coming to a close women writers began to write more about the loss and emptiness that they felt when they lost their loved ones in the war. However, the women writers did not include a sense of realism within their poems and instead they romanticised their loved ones who had went to war. I am going to look at three different texts and examine whether they are typical or atypical of the time in which they were written. The first text that I am going to look at it is 'The Armistice' and it is a poem that has been written by May Wedderburn Cannan. This poem was written at the end of the war and tells us the story of women discovering that the war had ended. It shows us the sense of melancholy and relief than women felt at this time. ...read more.


This letter was typical of the time in which it was written because many female writers were beginning to write of the loss that they felt during the war. This is as it shows us that she was talking in a romantic tone and it was a private letter that she wrote to her brother as the belongings of her dead fianc� are returned to his parents. We are able to see the love that Vera has for her dead fianc� and this is very typical of female writers at this time during the war. This is shown when she says that he is 'more marvellous than' she had ever dreamed and this presents to us a very romantic image of him and this is very typical of the time in which it was written. In this letter the writer capitalises the words 'His' and 'He' and this is very typical of the time in which it was written as it shows the adulation that the writer feels for her dead fianc�. Typical of other letters written at this time the letter does not encourage others to go to the war. This is as she says 'I was glad that neither you nor Victor nor anyone else who may some day go to the front was there to see.' ...read more.


This is shown through the image of letting the 'goblet fall' and this conveys to us the idea of the young boy being eager to gallantly sacrifice his life for his country. This is also shown through the idea that they 'snatched the sword' and wanted to get on the front line and fight. The final line 'So sweet to live? Magnificent to die!' shows us the honour and glory that you will receive from your sacrifice. The men were told that it is better for you to die being a hero for your country than to stay at home and be a coward. This was very typical of the time. In conclusion, all three of these texts were partly typical of the time in which they were written. 'The Armistice' is typical of post 1916 women's literature as it discusses the ides of loss and emptiness and it does not convey any realism. 'Letters from a lost generation' is partly typical of the time in which it was written as it does include ideas on loss but it also touches on realism. 'Dulce et Decorum' is very typical of pre- 1916 literature as it talks about gallantry and it glamorises and encourages people to sacrifice themselves for their country. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicola Jackson ...read more.

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