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What different views of war do you find in the war poets you have studied.

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What different views of war do you find in the war poets you have studied. This coursework is about war poetry. I will explain the different view of war I have, from the poems written by 4 different poets. The poems I will be writing about are "INTO BATTLE, WHO'S FOR THE GAME, PEACE AND SPRING OFFENSIVE AND FUTILITY". All these poems are based on the 1st World War. "Into Battle by Julian Grenfell. This poem was written at the start of the war, hence the title Into Battle. It starts off with the out look of nature. The naked earth is warm with spring, And with green grass and bursting trees Leans to the sun's gaze glorying And quivers in the sunny breeze These quotes show that nature is positive and is blossoming. The quoting of these lines, And life is colour and warmth and light And striving evermore for these. The author very powerfully uses these lines. It is stating that the soldiers are taking the light for their life, their grabbing it, they are going to take each day as it comes hoping to be alive. ...read more.

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She ends the poem by laying a demand for the people of England telling them, Your country is up to her neck in a fight, And she's looking and calling for you. She's telling them to, be ready for a fight, because the country needs you. Rupert Brooke wrote "peace" in 1914. Rupert Brooke strongly believes peace is boring. He feels more peaceful going into battle than staying at home. He shows that he is not afraid, of death. The poet believes war is the doing of God, it is his idea of a great event. He quotes Now, God be thanked who has matched us with his hour, In the second verse of the poem he imagines being killed in battle. Oh! We, who have known shame, we have found release there, Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending, Naught broken save this body, lost but breath; Nothing to solve the laughing heart's long peace there But only agony, and that has ending; And the worst friend and enemy is but Death. Rupert Brooke is stating that, the one thing that can be broken is his body, and that peace of the Death is the minds enemy. ...read more.

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The 'kind old sun' is now the 'fatuous sunbeams' With this he has in turn rejected nature. There is a contrast between the two stanza's where the speakers attitude develops from hope to despair and helplessness. The personification of the sun allows the reader to share in the hope that the sun 'might rouse him now'. The reader becomes not involved in the horror of war but is caught up in the struggle between nature and humanity. It is in this last stanza that the speaker realises that nothing will save his comrade from death and questions 'Was it for this the clay grew tall?' Concluding my coursework I think war changed England. This is because as these poems were written, they were the views most people had to war. These views were their own views but I am sure the most of the country shared the same different views as the authors I have written about. People took an outlook to war as being a bad thing that would turn out good if there was a strong participation in it and if victory was claimed. I think These poets , Wilfred Owen, Julian Grenfell, Rupert Brooke and Jessie pope share the views of the people of England during the 1st world war. George Busumbru GM1 AMDG ...read more.

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