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Pre 1914 War Poetry

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Introduction

War poetry I will be comparing three pre-1914 poems, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'Drummer Hodge' and 'A Wife in London'. I will analyse the poems and then show the similarities and difference between them. All the poems are about different wars and from different points of view, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Drummer Hodge' is from a reporter's point of view and 'A wife in London' is from the family's point of view. 'Drummer Hodge' and 'A wife in London' are both written by the same author but are very different as they are from different points of view. Analysis The Charge of the Light Brigade The Charge of the Light Brigade is about 600 British men who charged through a valley to take back some guns, but they get ambushed by the Russians 'Cannon to the left of them, Cannon to the right of them, Cannon in front of them' this shows that the were truly surrounded and had no chance. ...read more.

Middle

Then the last stanzas are about the aftermath and we should 'honour the charge they made' and 'when can their glory fade'. Drummer Hodge Drummer Hodge is about a young na�ve boy who died fighting for something he didn't understand 'unknown plain' this quote I think sums up the poem as the drummer is buried somewhere he had never been before and left. This poem also talks very negative about war but positive about the soldier's effort and determination. The poetic techniques used in this poem are, rhyme 'around-mound'. Personification 'strange-eyed'. Alliteration 'strange stars'. Emotive language 'uncoffined-just as found'. Sibilance 'strange stars'. These techniques make this poem dramatic and sad. The structure of the poem is all the stanzas are straight forward but powerful. The power of the poem comes from individual words like 'foreign' and 'unknown' these words show how neglected Drummer Hodge is even though he fought for something that didn't concern him. This poem can also relate to later wars (WW1 and 2) ...read more.

Conclusion

These all make the poem so sad and dramatic. Comparison The structure of Drummer Hodge and A wife in London are very similar; they both have short powerful stanzas whereas the charge of the light brigade has longer, more descriptive stanzas in the middle (3-4). Drummer Hodge and a wife in London are similar probably because they are both written by the same poet and it also explains why they are both so dramatic. The Charge of the Light Brigade and Drummer Hodge are both very war negative but they both glorify the soldier's effort and patriotism. They are similar as they are both from a reporter's point of view. All the poems are very similar to 'Hyenas' as there are short powerful stanzas but also descriptive stanzas. Also all the poems are very emotive due to the techniques used. All three poems contain short powerful stanzas but the charge of the light brigade also has descriptive stanzas which the other two don't. Conclusion In my findings the poems have lots of similarities and differences but one thing that links them together is war and how it is very destructive physically and emotionally and it shouldn't be happening at all. ...read more.

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