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Task; write about the poems you have studied, commenting on content, style and structure and show how the writer feels about war and the effects it has on people.

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Laura Capewell Poetry coursework Task; write about the poems you have studied, commenting on content, style and structure and show how the writer feels about war and the effects it has on people. I have looked at five poems all of which have a common theme of war. The five poems that I have studied are Alfred Tennysons' 'The charge of the light brigade' which was written during the Crimean war from 1854-1856, where Britain and France joined forces to fight against the Russians. The poem describes the charge in and out by the light brigade. Secondly I looked at 'come up from the fields father' by Walt Whitman. The poem is about The American Civil War 1861-1865 and through his poem Walt Whitman tries to show how war can affect families. The next poem I studied was 'Drummer Hodge' written by Thomas Hardy during the Boar War. Hardy was inspired to write this poem after learning about a little drummer boy who has died fighting a war he knew little about. 'A wife in London' was my next poem, this was also written by Tomas Hardy. ...read more.

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Honor the charge they made, Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!� The repetition of 'the six hundred� at the end of each verse reminds the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of the poem they have become the 'Noble six hundred� and are famous. I will now look at 'Come up from the fields father' This poem contrasts with 'Charge of the light brigade' as the first poem was about what happens on the front line to people directly involved in the fighting. Whereas in this poem the writer focuses on the people left at home, he writes imaginatively about the effects of war on a farming family in Ohio. The writer starts the poem by setting the scene, he gives the reader the impression that the farm is quite rich and prosperous and shows the family going about there normal duties. In the first few lines there is a sense of quietness which is shown in how the writer creates the atmosphere. "All is calm, all vital and beautiful, and the farm prospers well" After the nice gentle start to this poem the mood suddenly changes when a letter arrives. ...read more.

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Hardy also uses several African words in this poem such as 'kopje crest, karoo and gloam'. This is most effective as it helps convey the strangeness of this place to this young boy. The last lines of this poem 'And strange eyed constellations reign His stars eternally' are incredibly powerful and effective as they make the reader feel a lot of sorrow and pity for they boy as they describe how the boy will be eternally lonely. Since he has been buried on foreign soil on land he doesn't no. The next poem I will look at in 'A wife in London' by Walt Witman In conclusion, war brings a great deal of pain and suffering so it shouldn't be under-estimated. Wilfred Owen, Thomas Hardy, Alfred Tennyson and Walt Whitman all bring across the reality behind war and the torture, pain and suffering it brings with it. Personally my favourite out of the three is "Dulce et Decorum est" as I know it's a true account of what happened in the war because Wilfred Owen was a soldier and died in action. I thought this poem contained a lot of discomfort and misery making it more out of the ordinary and real. ...read more.

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