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The poems Fall In, The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est are all poems and World War 1. Discuss the different attitudes towards war expressed in them.

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Post 1914 Poetry The poems Fall In, The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est are all poems and World War 1. Discuss the different attitudes towards war expressed in them. This assignment will discuss the different attitudes towards war, expressed in the poems 'Fall In' by Harold Begbie, 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen. At the beginning of World War One most people believed that war was glorious. Both sides were positive that they would be victorious. In the majority of cases it was seen that if you were able to fight and didn't then, you were a coward. This is highlighted in two of the poems. The first of these is 'Fall In'. This is a recruitment poem written by Harold Begbie. He has an idealistic view that was shared by most people at the start of the war. The poem is written in four sections. It starts off in the present day part. It tells the reader of the benefits of going to fight for one's country, how the girls will become attracted to you. 'When the girls line up the street, Shouting their love to the lads come back.' ...read more.

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It is one of a rural paradise, when the truth is that there was a post industrial revolution, where the reality of life for the English was one of urban poverty 'flowers to love' 'ways to roam'. These quotes show Brooke's romantic vision. Brooke believes that any bad he once did will not matter any longer as his sole has gone so his body is cleansed. 'all evil shed away' He thinks that he will be remembered forever. 'A pulse in the eternal mind' The reality is that few are remembered as individuals except by their immediate family although the collective memory of the dead of two world wars continued to be remembered each autumn, by millions, on Remembrance Sunday. Brooke feels that he is content to give his life in return for that which England has already given him. 'Her sights & sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter learnt of friends.' He believes that this is a religious fight and god is on the side of the English. 'under an English heaven.' The irony is, however, that Brooke died from a fever and not bravely in battle. ...read more.

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Wilfred Owen is often said to be one of the most gifted poets who died in battle and the only one I'm analyzing in this assignment. He joined up in 1915 and wrote Dulce et Decorum Est in 1918 and died on November 4th later that year on the Sambre Canal. The poem describes the fatigue, blindness, evil, obscenity, death, sufferings, and disgust of war. It shows the true life of a soldier, lying low, endlessly trudging through mud with bloody feet. The poem is one of the most powerful ways to convey an idea or opinion. I consider it to be the most effective and realistic of the three. On the other hand I believe Brooke's The Soldier is the most unrealistic. It holds 'the strongest ideas of goodness, home, the countryside - encapsulated exactly how the English wanted to see themselves. They contrast starkly with the poet's nasty death of blood poisoning' This quote was taken from Jeremy Paxman's The English. This makes me think that Brooke wrote this poem not to show what's real but for what people want to believe. Harold Begbie's recruiting poem was written for a newspaper highlighting the general trend of belief that war was noble and there was nothing to be scared of. GCSE English/Literature By Rachel Cook 11SR Pg.1 ...read more.

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