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War Poetry GCSE Coursework On August 1st 1914 Germany declared war on Russia. Then the next day Germany put into action a plan to attack France by advancing through Belgium. The reason for attacking France was that they had a treaty with Russia and they felt that the French would help Russia with invading them. On 14th August 1914 after Germany ignored an appeal from Britain to refrain from violating Belgium's neutrality in this attack on France, Britain declared war on them. As it was the first major war that Britain had fort in for hundreds of years it sparked fantasies of becoming a war hero in young boys and men's minds. Because the government had told everyone that the war would be over by Christmas, they decided to join up in an attempt to not miss the excitement of war. Little did they know that they were being sent to fight in a horrific war that would lead them to their deaths? Some poets were also very patriotic just like all the young men going to fight. Because of this patriotism the poets wrote about how glamorous the war was and how good it was to die for your country. This was all an attempt along with propaganda to keep the number of men high enough to replace those who died. ...read more.


From this poem I can tell that Rupert Brookes has a great love for England and believes that he is part of it. The images that many of the recruitment poems portrayed were that war was fun and that men that went to fight were making their families proud. Jessie Pope wrote lots of recruitment poems such as Who's for the game? And The Call. Here are some references from her poems, 'Who'll toe the line' and 'Who'll grip and tackle the job unafraid' it is persuasive phrase like them that she used to try and get people to sign up. Also there are parts of the poem that make the men feel guilty who hadn't enlisted, 'who wants a turn to himself in the show? And who wants a seat in the stand?' and 'who thinks he'd rather sit tight?' this technique of making the reader embarrassed makes the reader feel responsible and pushes them to join up to the army and be a part of 'the game'. The way of rhyming in 'Who's for the game?' is very simple and makes the poem sound like a nursery rhyme, this is strange as the poem is about a very serious. The thoughts that Jessie Pope has towards the war are open from reading this poem, she thinks of the war as a very simple, straight forward concept, you enlist to the army, fight, win, then go home a hero. ...read more.


This gives the poem a very sarcastic title, as it is the exact opposite of what the poem describes. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is a sonnet. In the title are the words, 'Doomed Youth' which immediately informs the reader that this sonnet is a distressing poem about the boys who went to war 'doomed' never to return. The opening line 'What passing bells for these who die as cattle?' Owen uses a simile to make up the image of a slaughterhouse. It creates the image of the men getting killed like animals. The main theme thought out the poem is that Owen feels that the soldiers did not get a proper funeral it is ironic as most of the men who died on the battle fields never had a funeral. There is a strong marching beat to the poem and as it is entitled 'anthem', I believe that Owen wanted this poem to sound like a marching song. And the march is set to a disguise the sounds from battle. These sounds include: bells, 'wailing shells and angry guns' (personification - Owen personifies the guns, Owen wants the reader to feel that the weapons in the poem was not being controlled by the soldiers.) The last line of 'Anthem' the 'drawing down of blinds' is the eye lids closing from those who died slowly that day. Patrick Topping ...read more.

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