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'The First World War changed the way people thought about war and patriotism. Describe and compare the different attitudes to war in two or more of the poems you have studies.'

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English Poetry Coursework. 'The First World War changed the way people thought about war and patriotism. Describe and compare the different attitudes to war in two or more of the poems you have studies.' During the Romantic period war was portrayed as being honourable and often wars where fought for religion and to be patriotic and loyal to your country. In more modern day views however you can begin to see how these ideas have faded and how war is not heroic anymore, it is seen more as a last resort and has no honour. Poetry from past times concentrated on the heroism of war and rarely included any gruesome details of civilians being killed or woman and children being killed. Modern poets now talk about the cruelty and callowness of war and are generally very against all wars. The Destruction of Sennacherib describes what I was discussing earlier about war being honourable. Written during the Romantic period by a poet named Lord Byron, this poem is bright and colourful and describes how, "The host with their banners ...read more.


In the first stanza of this sonnet things are much more calm, he uses words like gently, whispering and kind, this stanza has a lot of positive imaginary and the tone is quite bright, Owen portrays this through the different types of language he uses. However when we begin to read the second stanza he begins to use more dark and depressing images. He begins to ask God why he even created the world if it was going to end up like this. This is where we begin to see the reasons for him naming the poem futility; he now thinks that things are now hopeless for the solider he talks about, not even the kind old sun that he talks about in the 1st stanza can revive him now. Originally a sonnet was written about love and emotions, this was the first ever sonnet written about war, during the early 20th century many poets where rebelling over the 19th century views on war. ...read more.


Comparing poems B, Futility, and poem C, The Fury of Aerial Bombardment has proven to be much more difficult, there is of course the obvious difference that is the lay out of the poems, Futility is written in sonnet form whereas The Fury of Aerial Bombardment is done in stanzas. Throughout Futility we often get the feeling that Owen was actually there to witness the events happening whereas with Eberhart we often feel as if he is detached from the happenings. Throughout Futility we have a contrast between bright, positive images and the constant dreary and sadistic images found in The Fury of Aerial Bombardment. In The Fury of Aerial Bombardment the author is constantly referring to God and how he has neither control, nor feelings over this war that is happening before him whereas in Futility the author asks how could he let this happen, suggesting that he believed God still had some control over the war and what was happening. The Fury of Aerial Bombardment is also constantly questioning things whereas Futility accepts what has happened but silently wonders why. ...read more.

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