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War poetry A Comparattive Essay Choose two poets that we have studied so far. Compare and contrast the portrayal of warfare in four of the poems studied. This essay will compare and contrast the portrayal and warfare in four of the poems studied. The first world war was portrayed as a glorious and credible cause, fighting war for your country was deemed as the duty of any credible man. Being able to represent your country on the battlefield was the greatest honour a man could have. Men were engulfed with the idea of being able to fight for their countries futures. Women would have to do everything they could to stop their husbands and sons from risking their lives by signing up for the war. At this time poetry was written to encourage men to go and fight, poets like jessie pope who wrote war poetry enforced this view. JESSIE POPE WILFRED OWEN WHO'S FOR THE DULCE ET DECORUM EST. GAME? & & THE CALL DISABLED These poems were written about (and at the same time as), World War I, between 1914 to 1918. In these barbaric four years- >killing spree< of 7 million men and leaving 17 million men injured, (physically-the war tactics resorted to the tortures of gas attacks, gun-shot wound, shell shock, starvation and exposure, to name a few...), the rest were scarred by memories never fading. World war one devastated lives and souls, time and space. But citizens back home had no way of knowing what war was capable of, without television or radio to communicate to them, they were only left to imagine the true horrors men were enduring. ...read more.


One of the soldiers who became a poet was Wilfred Owen, who died on the front line one week before the end of the First World War, on 8th November 1918, at the age of 20. "Dolce Et Decorum Est" was writtten to express his account of the events he actually witnessed and experienced. He talks about the harsh realities of war, this is illustrated in the opening lines, "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge". The use of similes serves to convey the graphic reality of the soldiers' experiences. He goes on to talk about how committed men were, and also how brave they had to be to survive their horrific predicament. He talks about how men had to "walk asleep" and also how they had to "limp, bloodshod". He also tells us how men went deaf as a result of the continual gas-shell explosions. According to him, the shells fell softly behind, because the soldiers were actually unable to hear the full impact, as they had become so used to them. "Men marched asleep, many had lost their boots, but limped on, bloodshod", "all went lame, all went blind, drunk with fatigue, deaf even to the hoots of gas-shells dropping softly behind". Repetition of the word "all" highlights the large number of men who died... He also speaks about how unexpectedly things happen, like the gas-shells exploding, and also how important it was to be constantly on guard. Wilfred Owen writes that a man was unable to put on his helmet and started "floundering", and this word is usually used to describe fish who are out of water. ...read more.


'To-night he noticed how the women's eyes passed from him to the strong men that were whole. How cold and late it is! Why don't they come and put him to bed? Why don't they come?' He is complaining and feels rejected by the women, because they aren't interested in him as they were before. He complains that he is old before his time. The use of quotation marks make the reader think, because what is being said is being aimed directly at them- this makes it similar to Jessie Pope's poems', although, Jessie's poems' are very similar in their 'prep-talk' theme and encouraging tones , Wilfred Owen has written poems in very different situations, but in both of them his intention was to shame progadists such as Jessie Pope and send out the truth of war to the world. I have learned that people have who have not experienced war should not encourage men to join up for example Jessie Pope shouldn't explain something she has not experienced. When men such as Wilfred Owen came back and described their experiences of war this fickle feeling of patriotism was diminished for good. People were in disillusioned through this propaganda. Although the propaganda was a neccessity otherwise men would not have joined up for war. I prefered the poem written by Wilfred Owen about his disability. This is because I reflected alot of my Dad's accident into what Wilfred was going through, as it just links with how my Dad must have felt trying to adjust to a new lifestyle, and also because his Dad was in World War II. I like the way the words illistrated his environment and how he was feeling, and the way the stanzas were structured to the ends of sentences and how he used rhyming slightly randomly. By Lauren Rickard 10B ...read more.

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