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Write a comparison of Jessie Pope's "who's for the game?" and Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et De Corum Est" Studying war poetry from around the 1914 period has given me an insight into the variety of feeling and emotion going on during the war, from writing strictly in propaganda to obscenely crude it seems incredible what the soldiers were tricked into, and went through. Both poems, 'Who's for the game?' and 'Dulce et Decorum est' were written during the First World War, which began in 1914. 'Who's for the game?' Is a war poem based on a rugby game, written as if war is simply something to pass the time. The poet, Jesse Pope, has a crude way of writing: as she hasn't herself experienced war, she simplifies it. In comparison, 'Dulce et Decorum est' was written by Wilfred Owen who had been to war and writes about a tragic gas attack that he personally did experience. The tone in 'Who's for the game?' is persistent and rhetorical; repeating the word 'who' bullies the young boys into making a radical decision about going to war and if they don't want to go, 'who thinks he'd rather sit tight?' creates pressure, suggesting not going to war is cowardly. The tone carries on insistently and repetitively putting stress on the question, and on the last word of each line - 'hand?', 'stand?', 'gun?', 'run?'. ...read more.


The mood of 'Disabled' reaches for the sadness and pity of the audience by going into great depth about a young soldier, where 'Does it matter' wastes no time in unmistakably putting across his outrage of trying to trick young, na�ve soldiers to the reader. The poem 'Disabled' changes the tense of the poem frequently, alternating from present to past to future, giving the reader full knowledge of the exciting history, sad situation the young man is in, and what destroyed future the man has ahead of him. He is described presently as 'legless, sewn short at elbow' as if he is now not a whole human, not a real man. Ironically, he was 'legless' when signing up for the war: 'when he'd drunk a peg, He thought he'd better join', and on completing the job, he is now permanently disabled, and has lost the admiration he once had for signing up to go to war, 'before he threw away his knees' it ironically seems he intended to through them away, though now he is lonely and in self-pity as he has no legs and foreshortened arms. The young man feels destroyed by the loss of his limbs, 'the young man that were whole' ironically, he feels emasculated due to him loosing his limbs. He will no longer 'never feel again how slim girls waists are, or how warm their subtle hands;' it seems he was extremely na�ve into what he was actually signing up to, which was in fact throwing away his youth and even life. ...read more.


This then contrasts to the present and future tense stanzas which are slow and don't flow easily for the reader, particularly the last stanza which has no rhyming, this is difficult for the reader to read similar to what a difficult life the young man now leads. Similarly the poem 'does it matter' has a very regular rhyming pattern, lines 1 and 5, 2 and 3 rhyme, the forth line always not. This creates what could seem a very simple poem for the reader to read, though it has a very complex meaning inside quite different to disabled, where most of the poets opinions are detailed, and on the surface. Adding to this, the consistent repetition of 'Does it matter?' at the beginning of each stanza brings obvious sarcasm, and the true effects of war on the soldiers. From reading and analysing these poems I have become open minded about my view of the different poets forms of writing. At first I was extremely against the crude way of writing that Jesse Pope did, though I now release that if the truth had been revealed all along, there is a possibility no one would of wanted to fight and our country would have been quite different from what it is today. I thought the propaganda poetry, especially Wilfred Owens 'Disabled' was particularly emotional as the situation can still be related to today. Charly Wood 10A ...read more.

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