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World War I There are a number of famous poets in Britain who wrote war poetry, and a number of different reactions to war. Some poets approve of war, or find it honourable, and others disapprove of war or find it futile and pointless, WWI originally know as the Great War, they fought in northern France: the western front between Great Britain and Germany and fought in Hungary and Russia: the eastern front between Russia and Germany. They fought since 1914 to 1918; Europe was divided into great alliances Great Britain, France and Russia (Entente Cordiale) and Germany, Australia and Italy (triple Alliance).In the war Pals didn't want to lose each other so they served alongside each other. The two poets I am going to focus on are Jessie pope and Wilfred Owen. Jessie pope is a female writer and a journalist she didn't fight in the war because at the time women's didn't have equal right, so she didn't know anything about the war and described the war as a game. Wilfred Owen he had fought in the war and wrote his poem in a hospital; he was an English teacher so he knew how to describe the things he saw really well. Briefly Jessie pope didn't know anything about the war and Wilfred Owen knew about the war because he was in war. There are two different attitudes between the two poets Jessie Pope describes the war as a game of football, she says "who's for the game" this show that she is trying to persuade that ...read more.

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The soldiers in the first stanza are described how they were in the war, "bent double, like old beggars under sacks". This simile shows how weak they have now become before they went into the war. "Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed thought sludge, till on the haunting flares we turned our backs". This shows they have had enough and now can't take no more and want to go back home, this maybe because they didn't have much training. Onomatopoeia reflects what's happening to the men's. "But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of tired outstripped five-nines that dropped behind." This shows that the men were soldiering on each step they took was covered in blood, deadened senses they could hear anything it was like there senses were all gone. They men are in awful conditions; trenches were filled with dirty water, sewage, rats and all different kinds of diseases. Soldiers only saw between 5 to 10 days of combat in a year, there were lice's in the trenches soldiers stepping on them, shell shock were the major factors in destroying morale. Shell shock means madness. Their heads were going crazy, they just got scared wanted to leave go home and never return. The second stanza makes the poem go quicker because at the start it says "Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!" this shows that you will have to read the poem fast; it makes an exciting stanza because of this. ...read more.

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"All went lame; all blind" this show that the troops were tired couldn't fight no more needed a long rest to recover; they were blinded as they couldn't see over foggy days and how far away the danger was from hitting them. "Fire or lime" this is described as burning gas, how they had to put there gas mask on from time to time to escape the gas. "Guttering, choking, drowning" this show the solider who was dyeing and also other troops may have been guttering, choking and drowning every minute, hour, day etc. I have learned from the war poetry this that how war was really like, how it wasn't a game. Also how many troops died for the country how propaganda persuades people to join. Young children lied about there age just to get into the war. Other poems didn't explain the true horrors of war just explained how fun it would be to be in the war they didn't mention any points about how it would really be like just words of lies just to persuade people to join. My favourite poem is by Wilfred Owen this is because he has experienced the war as he was in World War 1; he has seen the horror of the war unlike Jessie pope. He explains the true horror and death of the war. It is important because if people don't write about the poem then know one would know what really happen in the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Akshay patel ...read more.

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