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Using Charles Sorley's "To Germany" and Rupert Brookes "Peace" compare the writer's attitudes to war.

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Using Charles Sorley's "To Germany" and Rupert Brookes "Peace" compare the writer's attitudes to war. How far do you agree that Brooke presents war as more glorious whilst Sorley presents peace as more glorious after the inevitability of war? Both writers in their poems present different arguments about war. Charles Sorley was an early anti war poet, although never had the courage to defy war. In contrast Rupert Brooke, was very patriotic, writing passionately about how romantic war is, and having a far more emotional approach to war due to his many stormy relationships. The difference in the two writers attitudes to war is clearly reflected throughout their poems. The title of Sorley's poem "To Germany" is a direct response to Germany, although not a critical one. The subject matter show that Sorely does not want to fight, and is confused as to why he is "We stumble and we do not understand". This reflected many men's beliefs about the war, for many men were against it, but felt a sense of duty to their country to fight. Sorley's attitudes toward the Germans shows no animosity and when peace breaks out, he hopes the two sides and come together and be friends "When it is peace, then we may view again With new-won eyes each other's truer form". ...read more.


Brooke believed with the war, would come glory and heroism, which is reflected a lot in the structure of his poems which is very traditionally laid out. In contrast Sorely prefers to use a more jumpy rhyme scheme. The words in the first stanza end in harsher "D" letters, expressing anger or reflecting hatred of the war. The second stanza ends in gentler letters such as "m" and "n" which could represent Sorley talking about peace and friendship of the two sides coming together. The language that the two poets use also reflects their attitudes towards the war. Sorley uses a simile in the beginning of his poem "you are blind like us". The effect of using a simile here, shows how similar the two sides really are. Sorely wanted to show that the German troops are just as human as they are. Many of the soldiers fighting in the war where surprised to see that some of the German soldiers were young, and innocent looking, and it made them realise that the two sides are no different. Sorely recognised that, unlike Brooke who had not yet experienced enough of the war to understand that the Germans were not evil. Instead Brooke focused on the fact that it was good to die for ones country and those who did not were cowards "leave the sick hearts that honour could not move". ...read more.


Sorley shows that after the war no grudges will be held between the two sides because he recognises how they are so similar to him. Sorley dreams of what peace would be like "We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain". He glorifies the fact that both sides can become friends and laugh about the war when it is over, making peace appear harmonious and too good to be true. Both writers have different reasons behind why they write in the manner they do. Sorley has been to the front line and has seen the destruction of war, and what is has done to his friends and comrades. All him and his troops dream of is peace, and they recognise the fact that the men they are killing are no different to them "and the blind fight the blind". Brooke however has been taken in by all the propaganda writing of glory and honour when you fight in the war, and he had no previous experience of what is was actually like. Therefore he writes about how he imagines it to be, how he will come back a hero, and if he dies then he will have died for the right cause. For these reasons, the men show they have different attitudes towards the war. ...read more.

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