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Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope, War poems comparision

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Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope. Their views of ww1. Over eight and a half million men died in World War 1with just under thirty million other casualties. At he start of the war, in 1914, people were excited to fight the Germans and get back before Christmas. The war lasted longer than expected so propaganda was used to try and recruit men. Jessie Pope's poem "Who's for the Game" tries to get men to join the war comparing it to a game. The war was very brutal and gory. Men died and were left to rot away on the battlefields. Wilfred Owen, a WW1 soldier, experienced the bloodshed battlefields and the muddy, dirty trenches. Through his experiences Owen wrote the two poems "Dulce et Decorum est" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth" at the Craiglockhart hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland where he was recovering from shellshock. Owen's poems describe the pain and suffering the soldiers faced in the trenches while Jessie Pope's poem is completely the opposite. Her poems talk about the supposed fun in the war. In this piece of coursework I will be comparing the poets poems and will see how the poets views on the war differ. The 'Great War' occurred from June 1914 to November 1918 and saw millions of lives lost. The time before was the building of empires between the main countries: Britain, Germany and France. Germany wanted to gain more territory and the death of the Arch- Duke Franz Ferdinand sparked the alliance between Germany and Austria- Hungary. ...read more.

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It makes the poem more appealing, as it is also like a nursery rhyme as it has certain tune to it. In the poem Anthem for a doomed youth, written by Wilfred Owen, Wilfred shows that war is seen as death. It is about his view and beliefs on war, and how realistic it is. He uses the Victorian funeral as a structure for his poem. A Victorian funeral is split up into different groups, and each stage occurs in this order: The ringing of the bells, the saying of prayers, the sound of the choir, the lighting of the candles, the covering of the palls, the giving of the flowers and the drawing down of the blinds. For the ringing of the bells, he uses the lines "What passing - bells for those who die as cattle?" This shows that the bells are guns, and bullets being fired from them as bells. And gives you a thought of people being massacred by these bullets like cattle do. The way he expresses the saying of prayers, is by using the lines, "No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells". This part shows that there is no prayer for the soldiers, and prayers will not help them out. It gives a lot of emotion into the poem, as you may feel that soldiers give up at his point. He uses the sound of the choir with a metaphor, by using the lines: "The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells". ...read more.

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He also states war as being hell, with lines like "His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin" He refers the death of his friend, to hell and the devil. This poem is much different to Pope's who's for the game, and anthem for the doomed youth, because Wilfred describes an event that occurred to him and his group and gives a realistic view on war. Showing the great disasters and problems occurred during war. Jessie Pope's views are very different to Wilfred Owen's views because Owen ecountered it, Pope didn't. Pope wasn't allowed to go to the frount and fight because she was a woman and women were not allowed to fight then. Because of this Pope couldn't have experianced how bad the war was. People in Britain thought the war was fun because propaganda was used to cover up all the death. Pope uses simple imagery, language and content to appeal to working class males because most of them didn't have a lot of education and they wanted it to be quick and mind grabbing. Owen used the opposite because he wanted to go into a lot of depth about the harshniss of the war. He didn't want a couple of lines, Owne wanted hard hitting paragraphs to show how it realy was in the trencehs. If I read Owen's poetry before Pope's poetry before deciding to go to war I would refuse to go because there was so much death and gore shown in the poems writtem by Wilfred Owen. War poems 1 ...read more.

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