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The changing tradition of war poetry

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The changing tradition of war poetry Before World War 1 war was described as a good thing and that it was sweet, good and honourable to die for your country. The soldiers were compared to knights and heroes. Even if they died in war they still died as a hero to the country and died a glorious death. If you didn't fight for your country then you were see as a coward and a traitor to your country. You would also become a hero when you return. There were lots of recruiting posters saying "your country needs you". These posters would make you feel guilty and you would feel isolated if you didn't join war. Also these posters would say what your future would be like if you didn't fight for your country. Also your children would think of you as a brave and honourable man. But if you didn't and your children asked you one day what you did at war you would be very ashamed of what to tell them. Some of the poems were written by women who had no experience of war. Most of them were written by generals in charge of the armies. They were educated and could read and write. Before war very few poems were written by soldiers who experienced war. These poems were inaccurate in showing the realties of war. They thought that war would end by Christmas but they were wrong as it carried on for four years. The soldier's attitudes changed as war progressed because they thought it was like a game and that they didn't think they came home with lots of injuries, nut they were wrong. As they experienced more and more, they found out that it wasn't like a game and that it was nothing to be proud of. They became very against it and didn't think anyone should go through it when it ended. ...read more.


The words "distant rest" "blood shed" implies that it could be the end of their life's. "Disabled" is another poem which shows the realties of war and the horrific conditions in war. "Disabled" was written by Wilfred Owen. This poem shows a men's point of view and how his life changes due to being disabled. There are 6 stanzas in this poem and it has an irregular structure in the poem. This is because the stanzas are different lengths. This poem is of a man who came back from war with 1 leg and an arm also it shows how life changes due to being disabled and how everyone acts differently because he was fighting for his country and was disabled of that. It shows his point of view after war and how he gets ignored. Also how other people react being disabled. "Ghastly suit of grey" this quote shows that how his life now and how dull his life is now because of the colour "grey". Before being disabled he used to love to play football and getting involved in things. He was handsome and young who liked to touch girl's waist. In the third stanza it shows the artists that they want to paint them." There was an artist...for the younger than his youth, last years." This shows that the artists would want to paint a portrait of him. But after war they didn't wanted to paint as he looked old and that he was disabled. The first three lines create a picture of the solider. "He sat in a wheeled chair waiting for dark...in his ghastly suit of grey" this is a shocking image for the reader because he used to be handsome and young. But now his life is dull and monotonous. Alliteration is used to add to the picture because the colour "grey" adds to the description about his life being dull. ...read more.


In Owens's poem he wants to show more of what was really like. Sassoon on the other hand tells about people sitting at home of what was like and addresses to them. Recruiting poems didn't do any of this their aim was to persuade people to join war and try to get as many people to join war an some people lied about war to join war because the recruiting poems made them feel guilty. Furthermore it showed all the false responses to the true reality that they could show. Sassoon and Owen wanted to show the readers how war was like as they already experienced it. The similarities between Owens and Sassoon's poems are that they both show the vivid images and how the men have their death. The difference between Owens and Sassoon's is that Owen uses imaginative language to get his message across about war. Sassoon's poems are simple and gets straight to the point but hard hitting. My favourite poems are "Dulce et decorum est" and "suicide in the trenches" "Dulce et decorum est" shows all the realities of war and the conditions they are in. instead of the other poems who were lying about war to persuade them to go to war and make them feel guilty if not joining war. Furthermore this poem let's everyone show the horrific conditions and the vivid images to show what war was really like and that war is not like a game of football and that it isn't glorious to die for your country. "Suicide in the trenches" was very effective because it's simple but still hard hitting. The first two verses tell the extreme effects of war that had on the soldiers and that it also shows how people didn't want to know what really happens in war and how na�ve people were. Overall I found the realities of war poems were more effective at putting forward their message. I didn't think the recruiting poems were very persuasive and that they lied about war being "fun" and "adventurous" and made people lose their life's because describing war as a "game" ...read more.

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