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The poets in The Oxford Book of War Poetry emphasise their experiences, emotions and their opinions of war.

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SS122962 Daniel Murphy Assignment 2 The oxford book of war poetry in my view is an anthology that grabs the heart of the reader and puts them in the same standpoint as the poets themselves. The subject of war grabs the attention of everyone. A the time of the war Great Britain was divided, there were the people that talked of war and there are the people that were stuck in the cruel, harsh reality of war, and I feel that not all the poets have written there poems with a direct link to horror. The oxford book of war poetry comprises of many poems, most of which highlights enormous amounts of emotion the poets had wrote with. Not all of the poets have written with the same type of emotion. The anthology highlights the vivid descriptions and explanations of war and each poet has written their own point of view, although some slightly different. ...read more.

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He also stresses how the poets of war should be truthful in their writing 'All the poet can do is warn, that is why the true poets must be truthful.' In 'the oxford book of war poetry' death is a prominent feature (with war comes death), poets like Edward Thomas use the imagery of nature as a catalyst. Edward questions the morality of himself and the soldiers. He utilises flowers growing at Easter time to illustrate the solidarity as 'Eastertide' with family came into the 'mind' of the men. 'Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, Should have gathered them and will do never again'. Using 'never again' he highlights the forth coming deaths of the soldiers. Although Edwards is less abrupt in his writing manner, he still illustrates the horrors of war. Charles Sorley wrote his poetry with less sentimental values, 'when you see millions of mouthless dead' illustrates how the dead were seen on the battle field; he wrote his poems with bluntness and dissociates the living and the dead. ...read more.

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His opinion of war was different to some of the other poets in the Anthology. He shows his emotion in the love for his country. He felt that dying for his country would 'shed all evil away', which is an illustration of the amount of feelings he had towards England and the willingness he has to die for 'her' cause. Using 'her' he compares his love, to a love that a man would have for a woman. Brooke has also written the poem in the form of a sonnet, which are traditionally used in romantic poems. The poets in 'The Oxford Book of War Poetry' emphasise their experiences, emotions and their opinions of war. Some have intentionally written about the horrors of war, to warn readers of its horrors. But others have written romantically, patriotically used images of nature to tell a story and writing about of a war, these poets could not have hidden the horror of war. ...read more.

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