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We have been studying many poems written by various poets during the 1914-18 war. In this analysis I will explain how the poets express their differing views on the war.

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Poem analysis We have been studying many poems written by various poets during the 1914-18 war. In this analysis I will explain how the poets express their differing views on the war. Whether it is for or against war, I will explain how their opinions are brought to the reader in their poems. I shall start with how poets express their opinions "for" the war. Jessie Pope was a pro-war poet living in England. Her poem "Who's for the Game," describes the war as a 'game' that everyone should play. She writes it in a simple way and highlights the cowardice of all those who, "Wants a seat in the stand" She also expresses the vulnerability of the country and making it sound feminine. "Your countries up to her neck in a fight" "She's looking and calling for you" Any man reading this would feel that he had a duty to go out and protect his country. ...read more.

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This poem is telling the sad tale of a soldier being shot in No-Mans Land. It is full of despair: "Then with a slow vane smile," "He'd never se home again." This poem also uses figures of speech to give a more dramatic effect for example the personification in, 'Dawn blinked.' The poet also graphically explains every detail of the event and the soldier's desperate attempt to return to the rest of the troops even though his body 'lay bereaved.' The poem is mainly in rhyming couplets to allow easier reading and understanding of the poem and it has the mains themes: comradeship, death, and the sacrifice of the men who tried to save the soldier. The poem has a sad ending with the man that was saved to the cost of two of his saviours, dies but in a way it is a happy ending because he dies surrounded by his men, so it is very emotional. In Wilfred Owen's poem "Exposure" he focuses on the winter weather experienced by the soldiers. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is Siegfried declaring his hatred of the people who go back to their cosy homes and prey that they won't have to got to the 'place where youth and laughter go.' This is the end of my interpretation of the poets of World War I and their methods of writing their poems and I would like to conclude with a poem I wrote myself: Voices Follow our voices, Experience war, In an unknown land, Where birds once soared, A land, turned to hell, Where dying cries were not heard. Follow our voices, To a place of ten thousand deaths, The cost for 100 yards, Courage flows faster than blood, Out of those bodies, Torn on the ground. Follow our voices, As we go over the top, The baker, the postman, the cook, The guns asked questions, Death the only answer, As it raked the ranks. Follow our voices, Watch comrades die, See men as never before, As they lie in blood filled shell holes, Their hearts opened, Pouring the contents into the earth, Follow our voices, And ask the question, Why are we dead? ...read more.

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