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War Poetry Poetry is one of the most important ways of communication and expression of feelings. War poetry brings history to life it also shows us the thoughts of men and women who have experienced war. The young people today are impressed by the work of soldier poets of 1914-18. They think this is the most impressive part of the huge literature war. Before the end of the nineteenth century there were no soldier poets. The war poets were mostly civilians who used their imagination to say what battle was like. The use of powerful words meant there was a hidden meaning behind it. The writer uses metaphors and similes to express the anguish, fear, love etc in his poems. Everyone's opinion of war changed towards the end of the 1st world war. People thought that sacrificing oneself for their country was seen as being noble and honourable. This put great pressure on the young men to go join the army and to risk their lives. Such poems like this were 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Tennyson and 'Peace' by Rupert Brooke. Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game' is a very particularly good example of a poem based on the traditions to encourage men to enlist. The poets before the 1st world war were usually civilians who wrote their poems from newspaper reports or other soldiers' accounts. Some people were taken to war and were paid to write poetry. The poems could have been exaggerated if they were written from the newspaper. The early war poetry was written about heroes and glory. The poems weren't written on the emotions and feelings of the soldiers but they were written to tell the story of the war. ...read more.

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" Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knives us. . ." In the second verse it shows how the soldiers question each other asking why they are in such a horrible place, and what they are doing there. " What are we doing here?" In the third verse Owen describes how the soldiers are fighting this cold weather instead of the enemy. " Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of grey, But nothing happens." In the fourth verse Owen describes the weather being worse than the actual battle itself. " Sudden successive flights of bullets streak and silence Less deathly than the air that shudders black with snow." Owen is saying that the bullets are less deathly than the weather. In verse five Owen describes the snow as getting closer to the soldiers. Knowing this it scares soldiers as they think they are dying. In the beginning of this verse the flake in the first line represent the death reaching out for the soldiers. In the sixth verse Owen talks about the doors of life closing for the soldiers. " Shutters and doors, all closed: on us the doors are closed, We turn back to our dying." The last verse describes how the soldiers were affected by the cold in this battle. " The burying-party, pricks and shovels in shaking grass, Pause over half-known faces. All their eyes are ice, But nothing happens." ' Dulce et Decorum Est' is the most famous war poem ever written. Both Owen and Sassoon wrote this. ' Dulce et Derorum Est' was a well known phrase and it meant ' It is sweet and one's duty to die for one's country.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Sassoon is telling us what the person would feel like after losing their legs and how other people would react to this. The second verse is showing us what it would be like to lose your sight and become blind forever. Sassoon always says that ' people will always be kind' telling us that the people would care now that you are injured but if you weren't injured they would not care as much as they do now. He tries to tell us that all you would have left would be memories if you were blind. The last verse is about the dreams the soldiers had from the pit. Sassoon is telling us that ' you can drink and forget and be glad'. He means that if you came back from war it would be very difficult to forget the pain you have been through and what you have seen in war. Sassoon shows in this poem that if you went into war you there would be a less chance that you would come back alive, or you would come back badly injured and your whole life would be ruined because of these injuries. Sassoon has used some rhyming words such as ' kind' and ' mind' or ' blind' and ' kind'. The beginnings of every verse start of with the same line ' Does it matter?' this makes the poem very effective. From this essay I have realized that it was people like Sassoon and Owen who tried to teach the public the truth about war, which started to make people realize that war was evil. I have also realized that before the 1914 were all about the honour and glory of war. People thought that war was all about having to fight for one's country. Nashath Akhtar 10H ...read more.

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