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Describe and account for the different ways in which poets wrote about the 1914-1918 conflict We have been asked to describe and account for the different ways in which poets wrote about the 1914-1918 conflict. I am going to compare 4 different poems of my choice these are 'Who's for the game?' Jessie Pope 'The Soldier' Rupert Brooke 'Dulce et Decorum Est' Wilfred Owen and 'Does it Matter?' Seigfried Sassoon. I have chosen these poems to show that there were two different viewpoints on the war and that different people had different opinions about it. I have also chosen these poems because they all express their feelings in different ways. Jessie Pope wrote the poem 'Who's for the Game?' she did this to try and persuade young men to join the army and making them think that they are weak and scared if they don't she does this by comparing it sports this makes it sound more like fun and not serious. This make people want to join up because its fun to play sports and they think if they join up they can have fun and play. She refers to not going to the war as '[lying] low and [being] out of the fun' this shows how little she knew about the war, as it was dangerous and millions of people died. ...read more.


They both give windows into the real war. The mood for Dulce is very depressing it goes into vast detail about a man getting attacked. Both of the poems try to get the same mood across but do it in different way Sassoon makes his poem satirical, and Owen does his in a serious way. In 'Disabled' it starts by describing the man's suit as 'ghastly suit of grey, legless, sewn short at the arms' the phrase 'ghastly suit of grey' suggests to me that he could be in mourning, for his own death before he is dead. 'Legless, sewn short at the elbow' suggests to me that because they are describing the suit not him that the suit is more important then him and he is not worth mentioning. In 'Does it matter?' it uses a lot of imagery in each of the stanza's he talks about a different injury and how people will react to it. In the first stanza he talks about losing his legs it talks about how it does not matter because everyone will be nice to you. On the third line in Stanza one he says' when the others come back from hunting' the word hunting suggests to me that, the people he was with had gone hunting for animals and they knew that they would hurt and kill innocent animals and that they would ...read more.


right, were as 'Who's for the Game's' structure is a, b, a, b this is more consistent and give an upbeat rhythmic fun element to the war which makes the reader feel the war is good and fun and jolly. In conclusion I have explained to you my thoughts on these four poems they are all similar and different in their own ways. In ' The Soldier' and 'Who's for the Game' have similar points that its good to join the war but 'The Soldier' talks about dying and being a hero and 'Who's for the Game?' talks about its fun to join the war and it will be a game and the worst will happen is a crutch 'come back with a crutch. This gives the idea that you will be healed and that you will not die and you will not be handicapped for a long period of time. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' has the same opinion as ' Does it Matter?' except ' Does it Matter?' is incredibly sarcastic and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is serious. They are both talking about injuries you can get from the war and using this to convince people not to join up. Each poet had another poet that agreed with their idea's but to persuade each person to follow their idea they used different techniques and also some similar ones. Courtney Rasmussen ...read more.

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