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The two poems 'To Lucasta, going to the Wars' and 'To Margot Heinemann' were written by men going to war. Discuss them in detail, making reference to subject, style and total impression and comparing and contrasting where you think appropriate.

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The two poems 'To Lucasta, going to the Wars' and 'To Margot Heinemann' were written by men going to war. Discuss them in detail, making reference to subject, style and total impression and comparing and contrasting where you think appropriate. It is generally thought that poems of such nature are sad, and these poems are no exception. Here, we have two brave men going off to fight for their country, and leaving behind their loved ones. Poems were usually a let out for the soldiers; it was a way of expressing their feelings without having to say them, when sometimes speaking is not enough. Here, words speak the soldier's true feelings, and you can grasp how they feel and what they wish for their loved ones once they are gone. They know that they are going to die, it is more likely that they won't return, which is why they are saying goodbye. But, they may be both saying goodbye, but they do it in very different ways. Each poem, putting across their feelings in ways which have an affect on the way you feel after you have finished reading them. ...read more.

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He has his religion, which many people turn to when they need help, and what seems like a lifesaver, his sword and horse and most importantly his shield. The soldier here has obviously had a sudden urge of bravery, he wasn't very positive in the first verse, but now he has mentioned his faith and his strong points, and now he is going off to battle. It makes you hope for him that he'll be alright, but we know he probably won't survive. "The wind rises in the evening, Reminds that autumn is near." The soldier here has remembered that the end is near; he knows that he is going to die, and now it is just a wait for the inevitable. It is quite a sad line as he has basically said that he will probably die, and there isn't long to go now. There's a huge part of you that wants so much for him to make it and survive the war, he is being very brave, but we know the truth, and his chances are quite slim. In a way, here we can see he's being very negative about going to war, which is not surprising, but it makes you think he has already planned to die. ...read more.

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He is saying here that it's not definite that he won't return, but if he doesn't then it's just a case of bad luck. "Remember all the good you can; Don't forget my love." Now, to finish off the verse, he is saying that if he doesn't return then not to forget him, as he knows he will most definitely not forget her. He wants her to remember the good and happy times they shared, which makes sense, and now as he goes off to fight, he leaves with his memories of her. All in all, these two poems bring across a wonderful but sad ending to two brave soldiers' lives. You get the feeling that both soldiers loved the woman they were writing to with a passion and you hope that they did make it in the end, but we will never know. Poems such as these give a different spin on going to war and the awful experiences they all faced. They make you think about the other side of the war, the people they left behind. I have never read a poem about the loved ones the soldiers left behind, and the longing the soldiers felt for them whilst they were there. It gives me a new way of looking at the war, making it seem that bit more tragic. Abby Lambert L6 ...read more.

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