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The Great War was the most horrific and blood thirsty war in history. It was started by the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand.

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The Great War was the most horrific and blood thirsty war in history. It was started by the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. The battlefields were endless stretches of trenches, this was known as the Western Front. The trenches were an awful place to live, they were made out of sandbags, duckboards, and rotting corpses. The trenches were also wet, muddy and full of vermin and disease. Many soldiers got trench foot, which was caused by standing in the mud and stagnant water that filled the trenches. Many soldiers also were suffering from neurasthenia (shell shock) this was a nervous disorder that was brought on by all the horrific factors of the war; the noise, seeing people dying a quick and painless death or a long and agonising one which the other soldiers could not do anything about it. Many poems were written during the early stages of the war to help recruitment for the army, at this stage recruitment was voluntary, but in 1916 all men over the age of 16 had to join the army. If you refused a white feather was posted through your letterbox-this signified that you were a coward. An example of a poem, which was written to recruit people to the army, is `Who's for the Game? ` By Jessie Pope. This poem's imagery makes war sound like a game or show. It makes it sound this way because she uses words like 'fun', 'tackled' and a good example is in the title, `Who's for the Game?` Using these sorts of images makes the person reading the poem think that the worst you can do is suffer a sporting injury. ...read more.

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Sassoon was a published poet, he encouraged Owen to write. Sassoon helped write and develop some of Owens's poetry. One of Owens poems was `Dulce es Decorum est` this was the poem that Owen wrote in response to `Who's for the Game`. The imagery in `Dulce es Decorum est` is the truth and horrors of the war. In this poem Owen uses a lot of similes and hardly any metaphors whereas in `Who's for the Game` Pope uses a lot of metaphors and only a few similes. This is because similes are less definite than metaphors. Pope uses metaphors to tell you what to do and think, Owen uses similes to make you think and give your own opinion of what he's trying to put across, for example '...like old beggars under sacks...' and '...coughing like hags...' we all have a different view on what image this gives us. The rhythm and rhyme in this poem is very important. It has the same rhyme scheme as "Who's for the Game", ABAB CDCD ect. But the rhyme is not very noticeable when read aloud but you can see it on the page. The reason why the rhyme is not very noticeable is because the poem hasn't many lines with punctuation at the end most of the poems punctuation is in the middle of the lines. The poem also has enjambment, as some of the sentences are more than one line long for example the first sentence is four lines long. ...read more.

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Funerals are also associated with solemn music this poem is solemn and musical. "Anthem for Doomed Youth" is full of metaphors he represents the '...passing-bells...'from a traditional funeral as '...the monstrous anger of the guns.' He describes the '...candles...' as '...their eyes...' that will show '...the holy glimmers of their goodbyes.' And also he represents the traditional '...drawing of blinds,' as '...each slow dusk,' this means that it was an everyday occurrence because dusk happens everyday. Poetry of the time these pieces were written was very important, as they were a powerful artistic expression and part of everyday life. War poems reflected all kinds of opinion about the war and were all used for different purposes as I have discussed three poems of the time Jessie Popes `Who's for the Game,' written for the purpose of recruitment, and Wilfred Owens `Dulce es Decorum est` and `Anthem for Doomed Youth,` written for the purpose of to show people what the War was really like. Owens's close friend Sassoon also wrote War poems he hoped they would change the Opinion of the pubic this is a extract from a letter of protest that he sent to 'The Times' newspaper, 'Also I believe that it may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of these at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realise.' This means he writes the poems he writes to try and give people the thoughts and imagination for them to think on their own what is happening in the War. COMPARE VIEWPOINTS AND STYLE IN SEVERAL CONTRASTING POEMS OF THE GREAT WAR 1 By Charlotte Newnham ...read more.

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