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World war one went on for four years, and every year that went by seemed like the soldiers were living in hell.

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World War One essay World war one went on for four years, and every year that went by seemed like the soldiers were living in hell. The conditions were atrocious and the soldiers could not move, the soldiers got injured and it got worse every day. At first the poets were very optimistic and all had very good opinions of how good the war would be. Every poet was writing about the war, in every poem there were only positive things said, so everyone thought it would be really exciting to join and they would have a great time there. Then as time went on, they started to wish that they weren't there. Every young man form the age of 16 was forced to join up the army, but they thought they would be a hero, so none of them worried about it. During world war one, there were many recruitment poems being wrote. One of the most famous poets was Jessie Pope. She wrote a famous poem called "Who's for the game?", and it was all about trying to persuade young Men to join the army. In the poem she uses a regular rhythm and beat, and this makes the poem seem very up-beat and creates a positive feeling. ...read more.


we find out how serious the injuries were. All "went, lame, blind and drunk fatigue" .So the soldiers were not only on a crutch, Amy of them could hardly walk or even stand from starvation and tiredness. A lot of the soldiers turned blind and had to carry on walking for miles without stopping. At the start of the poem, Wilfred Owen tells us about the appearance of the soldiers. Old beggars under sacks" here Owen is referring to the soldiers looking old and weak under there huge heavy bags. So all though the first stanza we are reminded of how bad the conditions were at war, and how hard it was for the soldiers to get on with there life. In the first stanza the pace of the poem is very slow, so it brings the impression that not much is happening and just that soldiers are trying to "sludge" through the thick mud. So Wilfred Owen decides to make a sudden change in the pace and rythem.In the second stanza the first few words are "Gas, gas, gas quick boys". So straight away there is a fast rhythm in the stanza so we immediately know that there will be action. As we read on we find out that someone dies from the poisons of the gas. ...read more.


These were the people that put pressure on young men to go to war. In the poem "Who's for the game", the attitude of war was really positive and there were no thoughts of how bad it really would be. The recruitment drive was so big, it forced the men to join. All of them thought that it would be an exciting experience for them all and they would be seen as heroes. As we go onto read "Dulce decorum est." we start to see the attitude change. Soldiers were getting badly injured and some dying so people started to see how bad it was. As we read on the conditions were atrocious, the men could hardly walk and were so tired, and they were dying. The poems that were being written started to change, and the poets were writing about the death of soldiers and how bad it really was. So here we saw a big attitude change. The last poem that I looked at was "Disabled" which was written after the war. This poem tells about the after effects of war. Like when the men came back from war, they were expecting a huge audience but only one or two people applauded them. So overall the attitude of war had changed so much, at first people who wrote recruitment poems were seen as good people but now they are one the most hated people. ...read more.

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