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How do two of the poems show how the poets were trying to enlighten the British people about the realities of war? I feel that the two poems, Recruiting and The Target enlighten the British people different ways, but both very effective and emotional.

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How do two of the poems show, how the poets were trying to enlighten the British people about the realities of war? World War I, 1914-1918, was the 'Great War', the 'war to end all wars'. In that conflict, the most important battleground was the 'Western Front' in France and Belgium where great battles were fought with names that were once household words in Australia During the Great War -1914-1918- poets tried to enlighten the British people about the realities of war. This is because the government were putting a different point of view forward. Behind all the posters and propaganda, these poets had the experience and feelings of being in the war. These poems, Recruiting and The Target, put the real truth and thoughts across, they include techniques that emphasise the dreadful conditions these soldiers went through and how they had to solve it in their heads. To achieve this, Gurney highlights the thoughts and feelings of the soldiers, whereas Makintosh conveys the desperation and the need for soldiers by enforcing the amount of persuasion. In this piece of writing I will describe how two poets- Gurney and Makintosh- tried to enlighten the British people about the realities of war. In The Target, Gurney shows realities of emotional impact and understanding in the war. These realities affected how the soldiers felt mentally. Emotional impact for the soldiers could be making life and death decisions. ...read more.

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I feel this has impact on the reader because it is highlighting the fact that this is important and really pushes the point that the soldiers are not comfortable. Imagery is also a technique that is reinforced because it makes the reader think that there is blood everywhere and it's all a mess. This may have an impact on the reader because the reader may worry about what the soldiers have to see, they may feel what the soldiers feel and deeply empathise with them. In the Recruiting, Makintosh shows a reality of desperation and the need for soldiers as well as volunteers. The war needs people because there is not as many people joining the war as people not surviving. People are needed to come and die not coming and fight for their country. "Lad's you're wanted." Using this phrase the poet is trying to show that they are being asked politically to fight 'the hun', it shows their wanted. This enlightens the British people by conveying the fact that they are wanted to come and die not to come and fight 'the hun'. "Lad's you're wanted, come and die." The poet is helped by imagery as it helps to evoke a particular feel and disturbing death scenery in which the soldiers have to be around. This is because as a reader, interprets a well described sentence that can be intervened with an image, then they will start to imagine what it is like from the soldier's point of view and put themselves in the soldier's position. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is a technique of enjambment reinforced by finishing the sentence on the next line, this emphasises the fact that there are lists of casualties, not just a few. There may be an impact on the reader here because, reading 'casualty lists' sounds like nobody is getting seen to, which can be very distressing. There is also a technique showing the regular pattern kept throughout the poem, this adds to the sympathy the reader is feeling because there isn't as many pauses or hesitations. Overall, I feel that the two poems, Recruiting and The Target enlighten the British people different ways, but both very effective and emotional. The poet of The Target seems to concentrate more on what the soldiers need to understand as well as their thoughts and feelings, where as Makintosh seems to talk about desperation, and the types of people the war needed. The tone in Recruiting is harsh, sharp and demanding where as the tone in The Target is more gentle and sympathetic. This is because the Recruiting poem is more persuasive to get people to join up to the army but The target is more of an insight into the lives of soldiers. I also feel that the techniques used in both poems would have had an impact on the readers, because they would have been empathising throughout as well as deeply sympathising. Therefore between these two poems, I think Gurney and Makintosh put war life forward as it is-with no lies or excuses-. The poems also enlighten the British people of the truth and nothing but the truth. Claire Gee ...read more.

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