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By What Means do the Poets in the following Poems The Charge of the Light Brigade, Who's for the Game and The Night Patrol Convey Their View of War?

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By What Means do the Poets in the following Poems The Charge of the Light Brigade, Who's for the Game and The Night Patrol Convey Their View of War? The poems we have studied all contain a reference to war. Whether it is a description of a particular event or someone who has experienced the war and describes its effects, two of the poems promote war and the other three portray an unattractiveness to war. The Charge of the Light Brigade tells a tale of an incident that occurred in the Crimean War (1854-56). A brigade of lightly armoured cavalry misunderstood orders and charged into a narrow valley under heavy fire from Russian guns. This is a poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson to promote war and patriotism. The other poem written to promote war is Who's for the Game. However they undertake contrasting issues. The Charge of the Light Brigade tells a historical event rather than attempting to recruit people. Tennyson begins his poem with anapaestic dimeter. The poem begins 'Half a league, half a league/, Half a league onward'. This creates a fast pace to the rhythm and the repetition gets us intrigued by the quick pace already. Throughout the first verse Tennyson intrigues us furthermore with the use of direct speech, 'Forward the light Brigade/, Charge for the guns'. This time creating a dramatic effect. ...read more.

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Jessie suggests that the war would be a joke, a challenge and a game. 'The red crashing game of a fight', notice the use of red instead of blood, maybe representing the feeling of anger to ease the most likely horrific consequences of the war. Jessie uses an easy picture of war in an attempt to persuade men to enlist. 'Who knows it won't be a picnic/, and be out of the fun'. Of course war is not easy and the other poems are a significant contrast to that picture. The Night Patrol, Drummer Hodge and Disabled are all poems against war and all the poems describe the extreme consequences of the war. Drummer Hodge written by Thomas Hardy depicts the unfortunate death of the young drummer boy, miles from home. Interestingly Hardy does not even mention the cause that the young drummer boy is fighting for but concentrates on the unfamiliar surroundings and the sympathetic portraits of the young drummer. The poem Disabled also concentrates on the portraits of the victim who is now as the title states Disabled. Drummer Hodge is a poem that does not contain such unappealing factors as death and fear of death which is what The Night Patrol contains. But here Hardy repeatedly conveys the stars and their eternal presence. 'And foreign constellations west/, Strange stars amid the gloam/, And strange-eyed constellations reign/, His stars eternally'. ...read more.

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'Till gathering sleep had mothered them from him', mothered is not used as a verb here but is personified so sleep acts like a mother. Maybe the man is wishing every time he goes to sleep he can die without further pain. In the last verse sleep is again mentioned 'And put him into bed?' sleep is a refuge for him. The other effects that war has that Owen mentions is the lack of contact with the opposite sex, which was originally why he joined the army to impress his girlfriend 'Now he will never feel again how slim'. The nurses now treat him like he has some sort of disease, 'All of them touch him like some queer disease'. The disease does not physically exist but Owen suggests it is there nonetheless and like all diseases, are harmful. There are also signs of regret in the man and that he thinks it was a waste 'In the old times, before he threw away his knees'. This is intended to show the reader that the man does actually feel regret and he is not just taking it lightly. We have seen only in these five poems that the effects of war are disastrous but each poet uses different techniques to persuade the readers both that war is brilliant and a chance to become a hero is worth fighting for but also that the consequences can be devastating. The poets convey their view of war to different purposes and inevitably to different outcomes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dipesh Patel IVA 7.5.06 Fourth Form Poetry Coursework English ...read more.

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