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World War One Poetry Assignment World War One began on the fourth of August 1914 Troops from Britain, France, Italy and Russia the USA fought troops from Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey. There were many reasons for this; Germany and France were quarrelling over who owned the Alsace-Lorraine region. Russia was fighting the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Germany about who should control the Balkan States and Germany was also eager to gain power over other European nations. There was fighting on land and sea, yet we especially remember the men who fought in the trenches, as they played a major part in this horrific war. We often refer to this as Trench Warfare - a new and shocking type of warfare which characterised the bloody battles of World War One. The trenches were in the Western part of Europe and were home to millions of men between 1914 and 1918, living in horrific conditions for days at a time. They spent their days with nasty medical conditions such as 'Trench Foot' and had to see scarring memories every day of their lives. Over the war time years 8,538,315 men were killed, 21,219,452 were wounded and 7,750,919 were taken prisoner by the enemy or were pronounced missing. ...read more.


I feel this is definitely again the wrong attitude which should have been portrayed as it would have filled men's heads with false hope. Pope has again written this poem in an informal, almost infantile way. If I read this poem and I was thinking about conscripting it would have encouraged me to do so, but this poem is very wrong and should not have been published as it is a lie and has not much sense of realism to it The last style of poem is Realism poems, in my opinion these are the greatest War poems and they require a real talent to compose, and I feel it is a tragedy that these young poets were killed at War and could never bring the world more unique poems. The First Poet I am commenting on is Wilfred Owen. Owen was born on March 18th 1893. He was teaching on the continent at the first break out of War. One day he visited a hospital for the wounded and in September 1925, returned to England and decided to enlist in the Army. ...read more.


anger that woman "can't believe that British troops 'retire'", something which suggests that he believes woman do not understand the true horror of war. The language and tone of 'Glory of War' is very different from the poetry of Jesse Pope, who as I have already said, is very insensitive when she talks about war, seeking to glorify it rather than understand the suffering that many men had to endure. Overall, I think the majority of the poems I have commented are amazingly written and were all crafted by extremely talented people. I feel it was such a tremendous waste of life when these men were killed during the war. I also feel that the only people who can really write war poetry properly and it such a sensitive way are men. Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon do this in such an amazing way that it is in fact an insult that women such as Jesse Pope can call themselves 'war poets' as they clearly had no idea of what war was actually like. In my opinion war poetry will never be forgotten as it continues the legacy of all people who lost their lives tragically in world war one. Anna Hamilton 10M ...read more.

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