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'Compare a selection of WW1 poetry to show how different aspects of the war have been explained'

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'Compare a selection of WW1 poetry to show how different aspects of the war have been explained' The 20th century was the bloodiest century in the history of mankind. WWI from 1914 to 1918 caused the deaths of 26 million people and half of these were civilian casualties. It used propaganda to increase its army; it triggered the next step-WW2 which increased the deaths by nearly double the size of WW1's. Women were also trying to get the vote they had always deserved. However the Great War was also looked at from two perspectives, the patriotic way to get in or the desperate way of getting out. Different people who have lived up till now and have been through the war each have different stories, and different poets who wrote about the war have different points of views. At the beginning of WW1 joining the army was the most honourable thing you could do. Men were engulfed with the idea of being able to fight for their country's futures. People thought that defending their country came before themselves. Patriotism is when you show love, affection and pride towards your country and you are prepared to die for your country. During the First World War men have been always looking forward to the idea of fighting for England. At this time poetry was written to encourage men to go and fight, poets like Rupert Brooke who wrote war poetry told everyone what the words patriotic and honourable mean. Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) was the poet who wrote about England and the war being a great place to die in. He died in the war so he must have not known the full horrible truth about diseases and consequences in the trenches. 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke was written to show the patriotism and the noble death was 'forever England'. He showed in the 20th century that fighting for England was glorious, showing an idyllic picture of England. ...read more.

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In his first stanza the rhyme scheme isn't noticed as much as in the second stanza because the pacer quickens in the second stanza. In the first stanza the rhyme scheme is every two lines and so is the same in the second stanza. There are shorter lines and has much more of a quicker pace. In the second stanza Wilfred Owen uses a lot of descriptive words and uses his words in a metaphor. The last four lines of Wilfred Owens poem is addressed to poets who portrayed the war as glorious and a patriotic way to the die for the country. He feels that war is not glorious at all; it is a very vile and disgusting experience to have. What Wilfred Owen is saying that don't tell children the old lie that war is a glorious thing. In those days women used to tell their husbands that if they don't fight in the war, the children will look up to the father as a man who wasn't patriotic to his country, this effect makes men fight in the war because of guilt and shame they do not want to bring into the family. What Wilfred Owen is saying that don't tell your children it is your duty to fight and die for your country, neither is it glorious. Wilfred Owen is also saying in his poems that the war is not a good place to be in and it is not all happy and colourful to fight in the war and how the other poets portrayed the war is very different to what other poets have said as they have experienced the whole four years of the war. 'My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori' Another poem which dealt with the reality of the war was written by Wilfred Owen and is called 'Disabled'. ...read more.

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It shows why bother at all to wake someone up when he will just go back to sleep after all that work and effort. 'O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth's sleep at all?' Wilfred Owen is writing about something he has witnessed in life, he has witnessed this death. He is expressing the message of a waste of human life by words such as 'disbelief'. He is also expressing questions like 'Why has man been created? In 'The Soldier' the rhyme scheme is full and gives a sense of completion however in the half rhyme it stresses disbelief. 'O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth's sleep at all?' In conclusion this essay has enlightened me on many of the things which took place before and after the war. It has shown me how this exploitation of patriotism counted for so many people joining up to fight in the war. Being patriotic became the 'trend' in the 20th century and everyone seemed to follow it. Patriotism is a feeling you get from having love for your country not through seeing posters and reading poems about war. Feelings such as patriotism and duty were roused through mass propaganda; however poets like Rupert Brooke did not experience the war so he just used his honourable and patriotic way of explaining life in the war and joining up to it. He died in the war so he did not have a chance to write his true experiences rather than his other experiences. When men such as Wilfred Owen came back and described their experiences of war the feeling of patriotism was diminished and destroyed because they had heard the full truth of the war. The aspects of both Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke were based on what time they were at the war. Rupert Brooke was writing about his own feelings as a soldier up to his death whereas Wilfred Owen was writing about his experiences throughout the whole war and how it changed so much from the 'English Heaven' to being 'Disabled'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zain Abbas 10.5 2006-09-07 ...read more.

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