• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast the ways in which writers present their attitudes to the First World War in at least four poems of your choice. How do the writers use poetic devices and techniques to convey their ideas?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and contrast the ways in which writers present their attitudes to the First World War in at least four poems of your choice. How do the writers use poetic devices and techniques to convey their ideas? Although we are looking at World War 1, war poetry was around before then. It first came to Britain in the 19th century during the Boer War, when more people were able to write due to a push for mass education at the time. This meant that soldiers could express their feelings and record their experiences through poetry. They told their story first hand, describing the reality of what they saw every day. During the Boer War people began questioning why Britain was fighting the war in the first place. Anti war poetry was used to get their views across to the government for the first time. In the early 1900's, poetry was usually romantic and sentimental. The Georgian poets thought poetry should be more accessible for everyone, and the poetry in the First World War was an expansion of this. At the beginning of World War 1 the attitude of most, including the poets, was patriotic and excited. This is shown in two of the poems I'll be looking at; 'Who's for the Game' by Jessie Pope, and 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brookes. Soon, however, people began to feel dubious and become sick of the death that the war brought. This is reflected in 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen and 'The Hero' by Siegfried Sassoon, the two other poems that I'll be looking at. ...read more.

Middle

It seems quite disrespectful, as this boy has just died and you would expect praise and grief. The word 'swine' describes Jack as a pig, which is very derogatory. It's a complete contrast to what he's just been telling the mother, and shocks us. The poem end's with; 'And no one seemed to care Except the lonely woman with white hair.' This is a moving image that makes you pity the woman immensely. Calling her 'lonely' implies that she has no husband or other children, which makes us feel for her more. 'With white hair' suggests that she's quite old. Saying that only she cares makes the one death seem quite insignificant, and hints about the many thousands of other men that died at war. It leaves the poem with a poignant, sad ending. The rhyme scheme of this poem changes with the stanzas. The first and third stanzas are made of rhyming couplets. The second stanza is made out of rhyming alternate lines with a couplet at the end. The change in the rhyme scheme draws attention to the lines in the second stanza, and emphasises the huge change in tone within the poem. This would be more obvious if the poem was read aloud. This poem was a huge contrast to Jessie Pope's 'Who's for The Game?' Sassoon's poem was mainly about death, and how dying in war wasn't glorious at all. Pope's poem was the opposite; it was written to persuade people that going to war was very heroic and brave indeed. Pope's poem mentions nothing about death, even though it was such a huge part of the war. ...read more.

Conclusion

'No mockeries for them from prayers or bells' implies that if the men did have funerals it would be hypocritical and unfitting for their violent deaths. Owen also uses alliteration in the poem; 'stuttering rifle's rapid rattle'. This makes the sentence onomatopoeic, as the words are quite punchy and sound a bit like the rattling gunshots. This poem is also a sonnet. It's made out of an octave and a sestet. The rhyme scheme is quite complex, first rhyming alternate lines in the first half and then E F F E, ending with a rhyming couplet. The octave has quite a fast pace, whereas the sestet has a slower pace, which gives the poem contrast. This poem makes me angry and sad. It shows what a waste of life the war brought. It makes me feel quite bitter. I don't think Wilfred Owen was religious, as the poem is quite cynical when it comes to religion. I think it's not pretentious at all, and Owen's use of speed and pace is very effective. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' expresses very different views to those in 'The Soldier'. Although they are both about death, Wilfred Owen definitely doesn't think that it's a glorious thing to die for your country. While 'The Soldier' hints that the author has religious views, 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' seems to mock religion, especially the funerals. When Wilfred Owen wrote this he had experienced quite a bit of death and fighting, whereas Brooke hadn't experienced much. Owen uses quite harsh language whereas Brooke uses soft, gentle language. Owen is talking about death on a huge scale; his poem represents the loss of thousands of lives. Brooke talks about one death- his own- which he has yet to experience. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Compare and Contrast the attitudes to war conveyed in the poems Anthem for Doomed ...

    3 star(s)

    The very last line of the first half of the sonnet, which is usually the octet, quotes "And bugles calling for the from sad shires", this basically indicated that few will be successful. The bugles, meaning Trumpets which is a metaphorical term of being successful when blown, usually used for

  2. The Soldier by Rupert Brooke. How does Brooke use his poem to persuade ...

    Again, this is personification where England is described as "her", however, Brooke specifically chose the word "her" for a reason. This reason is that women in those days did not have as much control and depended on their husbands or fathers for protection.

  1. 'The Woman at the Washington Zoo'

    emphasizes the desperation in her cry. The animals who are possibly stealing the attention she believes she deserves, are described as all pecking at food, feeding of either meat or grain.

  2. Explore the way Wilfred Owen and Sebastian Faulks present the physical and mental suffering ...

    Wilfred Owen also comments on the environment they're in: "frost will fasten on this mud and us, shrivelling many hands, puckering foreheads crisp" (from the poem 'Exposure'). Faulks and Owen present serious physical harm in a particularly graphic way, presumably to inform the reader of the severity of the situation the soldiers were in.

  1. Comparison of Owen and Sassoon

    The poem tells the story of just one young soldier's mental deterioration and ultimate suicide and again just as Owen is written in the first person. Likewise both poems are narrative and use rhyming patterns in their poems. Sassoon uses the simple rhyming couplet rhythms of AABB whereas Owen uses the alternating rhymes of ABAB CDCD EFEF.

  2. The poem's "Nooligan" by Roger McGough and "Street Boy" by Gareth Owen are two ...

    For example, "Nooligan" has 5 lines in a verse while "Street Boy" only has 4. In addition to that, the maximum number of words in one line in "Street Boy" is 6 words while on the other hand in "Nooligan" the maximum number of words in one line is 4 words.

  1. Choose two or three characters from the poem you have studied - Discuss how ...

    Southey has used a 'rhyming couplet' pattern in "The Inchcape Rock". The poem is written in quatrains. I personally feel that the poem sounds like a song or ballad, due to the rhythm pattern used by Robert Southey. "Sir Ralph the Rover sailed away, He scoured the seas for many

  2. Wilfred Owen and Jesse Pope (Dulce Et Decorum Est VS Who's For the ...

    Owen characterizes the men as "children ardent for some desperate glory". This phrase refers to the young men who initially joined the army in the hope of making something of themselves. However, he also mentions that "You would not tell with such high zest...

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work