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"War is not an adventure it's a disease" Is this statement true in reference to World War One poets Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen. The poets I am going to study each had different reasons for writing their poems of World War One. For example, Wilfred Owen experienced the war at first hand and tried to expose the sheer pain and terror to the British nation. Whereas Jessie Pope never experienced the war, she thought the only way she could help Britain was to encourage men to sign up. Despite these differences, both poets might be seen to have similar motivations; they both felt they were doing necessary action. Personally, I believe in Jessie pope's actions, although they may seem harsh I believe its necessary in that if not done, Britain could lose the war resulting in worse consequences. This essay will explore how Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen portrayed the war as an eventful adventure or as a diseased lie. At the start of the twentieth Century, Britain was the largest empire in the world holding over a quarter of the world's population and having one of the most successful empires ever. Due to this great success British people had a great confidence and felt very proud to be British. Therefore on 4th of August 1914, when Britain declared war on Germany, the British people felt the war would be a walkover and easily won, but in reality it was a nightmare. ...read more.


Compared to Pope, Wilfred Owen did experience war and the poem "Disabled" shows the consequences of war on a young solider. This poem is in contrast to "Who's for the game" It shows the complete opposite of what Jessie showed war as. First of all in the first line Owen uses bold imagery of a disabled person sitting and waiting for the dark "He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark" Such bold imagery arouses the reader interest and gives you an idea of what the poem will be about. A man sitting in a wheel chair would encourage sympathy from anyone, in that they have a story to tell and this man tells his in this poem. The word "dark" symbolizes the bad history in which the man has had, as dark colours are usually associated with death. Owen also repeats many questions to get the reader thinking. Owen wants the reader to think about these questions this is why the technique of repletion is used "Why don't they come? And put him into bed? Why don't they come?" Owen wants to express this strong event in that women don't look at him anymore. He is trying to show you won't be the same after going to war and that you gain nothing. ...read more.


This contrast makes the audience think the poem is Propaganda and maybe even Pope's work but it is actually revealing bad aspects of war and is Owen's work this then makes you believe Pope's work is unnecessary. He shows the War as a disease. Overall, all three poems have clear interpretations of the war and it is clear the poets experiences of war have changed their view of war being a adventure or a disease, Wilfred Owen even described a person after war as a "queer disease". Therefore the statement "War is not an adventure it's a disease" was supported by Owen, while Pope disagreed. As said before I believe this is due to Jessie Pope never experiencing the war. Although Owen seemed to help people not experience the terror, Pope's actions were still necessary even though she was lying. Even today while Britain is at war with Iraq much of the horror is never revealed to the British public and the Army use clever Television adverts to show war as fun. Luckily, some of the terror is finally being released to the public through the technology of Camera phones. As war goes on not all bad aspects will be revealed or there never will be war going on. It's natural to keep such terrible things hidden from the public so countries can recruit soilders and fight to gain advantages like oil and land. By Tom Crossley ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Crossley ...read more.

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