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Jc Trapani English Coursework: Poetry Comparing "The Deserter" by Winifred M.Letts and "The Hero" by Siegfried Sassoon. Both poems are during the period of war. Each of these two poems is talking about a certain person during the war time, whether he was seen as great man or an ignorant abandoner, both poems relate to a significant person. From the beginning of the story, we can already separate which one is seen as a hero and who is seen as unforgiving. The two poems begin with a completely different tones; one is delightful, but "The Deserter" starts already in the first verse with an unnamed man and the reader already sees him as worthless and unimportant. In "The Deserter" there is a clear sign of repetition in the verses 4 to 5, so as to emphasis the faults that this nameless man committed and show his mistakes in a deeper aspect. ...read more.


In this poem, it seems that whatever the deserter does, even if it is a simple action; the author will view it as wrong and judge him furthermore for his previous actions. When the author describes the mother's reactions to his death, it is seen as ironic and a rather dark humour against the young fellow yet again. It seems that even his own mother would be distraught if she knew the about his son's death. It feels unfair for the reader to see this but the poem ends on a rather unsatisfying note. The author places the deserter into a "deserter's grave", a place where only the worthless people settle and is not worth any visiting. "The Hero" is a poem that is different to "The Deserter" in many ways. Even if in the two poems, the authors are describing soldiers from the war, their faiths are completely different and the author's attitude towards them also is. ...read more.


This poem also ends on a slightly awkward note, explaining that no one cared about the way this young man perished "except that lonely woman with white hair", showing somehow that she is the only woman that ever cared for her son. In both poems, the mothers are the ones that play the role of the appearing parent, this is most probably because mothers are seen as more sensitive and they are more patient towards the wait for their son's news. Both stories end, with the mother proud, even though neither of the parents truly knows what happened to their sons. The two poems are quite ironic in a way and set an uncomfortable ending, something which keeps the readers on edge. Both poems successfully show us the difficulties of the war, and for many soldiers, it was terribly hard to deal with and many suffered and simply wished to travel back home or disappear from the battle field. ...read more.

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