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English coursework Throughout the early years of war the poem is Cleary viewed as if it were written for war (pro-war), seeking for men to join the army and persuading them its their duty. A lot of good persuasion is used throughout the early poetry to attract men's attention and encourage men to want to join; "Lads, you're wanted! Over there". In the poem fall in, he is persuading men to want to join the army, but missing out all bad points of the war. In this poem he shows the attitude people with have with him (people in general) if he weren't to join. He would be looked down on, frowned upon if he didn't recruit. " What will you lack, sonny, what will you lack", throughout this particular poem it is talking about after the war, and how men who did join up were looked upon as heroes. Those who did not they obviously were looked down upon as nothing, because they were not there to fight for their country. In particular the poems were used to shame those who did not join the war and to critisice them through poetry. ...read more.


Then throughout the poetry it mentions about seeing other men die and the effects that it can have, how the person feels when seeing a person murdered, die in an instance or hours of suffering and agony. Fall in In the poem Fall In he is persuading men to join the war, In the first paragraph of Begbies poem he uses persuasive writing but only in a hidden way. He is writing the poem as if the soldiers have already came back, using rhymes to show good poetic persuasion. Although at the same time, he is persuading men to join. His first piece of persuasion is in the first line " what will you lack sonny, what will you lack". In this line he is starting his first paragraph making the men feel guilty, and as if they had missed a part of their lives. He is putting the message across that if the men weren't to join they will be looked down on and those who did participate will be looked at as heroes. However, throughout the poem he avoids the downsides to joining the war. He says, " in the war that men kept free", although they could loose and not be set free. ...read more.


He is reminding himself of what he could do then but can no longer do again. This poem is written as if it were in first person and shows great detail and a good use of words. " About this time" meaning when they finish work, meaning war, and the town used to be joyful and happy. Then it tells us of how awful it was to lose his knees. Also because of being disabled how he looked at as disgust, how whenever he is looked at he is looked at just as a cripple, therefore he is showing a point that all them other early poems didn't show. He is claiming that when you return from the war that you are not always looked up upon as hero and loved more than those who didn't. Contrary to this is because he feels looked down upon because of being disabled. Then he goes onto about how helpless he is, wounded and unable to help anyone. He talks about underage men who were allowed to join and even he was allowed even though they knew he was underage. Also it talks about in the poem how before joining the war he was looked up to but now is looked at as nothing but a cripple. ...read more.

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