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The Hero vs. The deserter

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Compare and contrast two of the poems of the World War 1 their structure, their imagery and the language used. In this part of English essay I will be exploring the similarities and the differences between the two different World War poems. The poems that I have chosen are "The hero" by Siegfried Sassoon appeared in printing in 1917 and is about a real war poem thinking of those left behind when it shows respect and admiration for the mother and the way that the poet has revealed the truth about the situation happening in both sides of the story compared with the poem written by Winifred Letts in 1916 named "The deserter" that tells the story of a young British soldier who is shot for desertion and describes the feelings and fate of a man terrified and proper shocked at the same time by the war. The reason that I have chosen these two poems is because of the titles. ...read more.


Also the internal rhyme used in the poem in line 14 by repeating sounds and using assonance saying 'throbbing and sobbing' makes the poem more interesting to the reader. The Hero is in contrast with 'The Deserter' from the very first line, because it introduces us with the name of the soldier Jack, while the poet in 'The Deserter' says "There was a man......." Starting it off as a nursery rhyme and suggesting that this could be the fate of any other men in the army same as the mother were their names are not given by saying "The mothers" because she could have been any of thousands of mothers given the same news. But irony is also used in "The deserter "....the brother officer writes so nicely" he is shown as being cold hearted to the woman he sees as a poor and old to tell lies about Jack that the officer saw as "cold footed useless swine". ...read more.


My personal response for the two poems is that they both talk about war; they both show natural response to the surroundings, in this case for the soldiers. The poem that I have actually felt really into it is The Hero because is an incredible poem, is kind of ironically in the last lines, but perhaps the irony is intended as is, or perhaps not. I also would like to ,mention Jack I believe that he was a symbol of representing so many other youths at this time and also the mother when she was left with the knowledge that her son died bravely and honourable. He was probably very young for panicking and also frightened so is normal, but the fact that how people were told lies to keep them happy, I don't think this was a great idea it doesn't mean that they craved the truth, this makes me feel a bit dreadful but there was nothing else they could have done, lying was the only choice left in too many cases, that case was not the only one to deal with. ?? ?? ?? ?? Poem comparison Iris Bazi ...read more.

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A few differences and similarities between the poems are identified but they are not considered in enough depth. When looking at poems you must explore the areas of language, structure and form and when comparing poems links through these areas must be made.

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