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With reference to a selection of texts you have studied compare and contrast ways the writers represent attitudes to War - Be sure to make clear references to historical social and cultural conditions that may have affected them?

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With Reference to a Selection of Texts you have Studied Compare and Contrast ways the Writers Represent Attitudes to War. Be sure to make clear References to Historical Social and Cultural Conditions that may have affected them? War has become a harrowing aspect of the fear of everyday life. The affects of war are still significant today; this can be especially seen within people. People, who have lived through, experienced or even fought in war clearly demonstrate the affects that war can have on a person. It is these affects and fears of war that lead to so many different views and opinions on how war is deceived. This is why poetry is written, to express these different thoughts and opinions. The war poems studied clearly demonstrate these different attitudes. The issues of propaganda, recruitment, realaity and changes in view are most notably conveyed in the poems studied. Propaganda and recruitment poems are linked. They were both designed to get people to join and contribute to the war effort. One way of doing this was to play on the guilty conscious of men that hadn't joined the army.The is shown in 'In Flanders Field' where John McRae writes: "To you from failing hands ...read more.

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This is shown in 'who's for the game?' this is shown where Jessie Pope writes " Who's for the game, the biggest played" In this poem war is described as a game. In fact none of the herific realiaty of the war is included. By comparing it to a game men feel a lot more confident about joing and becoming part of a team. This is also shown in 'Fall In' Where Harold Begbie writes: "When your children yet to be... When you sit by the fire in an old man chair" This poem also dosnt include the horrifying reality of war like 'who's for the game?'. It talks about after the war and plays on men insecurities to get them to join including aspects of children, isolation, realsionships and reputation and what these will be desived if you don't join the war effort, but it is the fact that it talks about all these thing as if the war is going to be won this like who's for the game?' will given men more confidence in going in for battle. Also like who's for the game?' ...read more.

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This is also seen in "For the Fallen" by LaURENCE Binyon where he writes: "They were young... They fell with their faces foe They shall not grow old" This poem also uses a child to reinforce the image of inncocent people dying. This brings the harsh reality of young prosperous men dying. This harrowing aspect of war contrasts to the recruitment poems such as "Fall In" where such aspects of war arnt even considered. Description of the war in poems such as "Dulce et Ducorum Est" seen in the text where it says: "He plunges at me, guttering, cocking, drowning" and in storeys such as "Captain Corelli" shown where wrote: "The pieces of Skull looked grey and were coated in membrane and thick blood" This harsh description was the reality of the war that the writer had exsperianced. The emotive lanuguage used to decribed what is happenong conveys the dreadful conditions. The grusiome detail that the writer goes into is in complete contast to the recruitment poems such as 'Fall in' and ' Whos' for the game' that go into no detail about any fighting or reality of the war. They are just brought forward to the war on false pretences whereas these poems convey the real images that the soilders are likely to experience. In poams such as the "Solider . ...read more.

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