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Im going to do a comparison between John McCraes poem, In Flanders Field, and Siegfried Sassoons Aftermath.

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Hello I?m going to do a comparison between John McCrae?s poem, In Flanders Field, and Siegfried Sassoon?s ?Aftermath?. Both poems were written in the First World War era and both reflect certain themes from the war. I?ll talk about the authors first. John McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario on November 30th, 1872. He is a Canadian poet, physician and author. He wrote ?In Flanders Field? while he was still on the battlefront during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium, during the First World War, on May 3rd, 1915. In Flanders Field became one of the world?s most renowned and beloved of all war and Remembrance Day poems. Siegfried Sassoon was born and raised in Matfield, Kent, England on September 8th, 1886. He is an English poet, author and soldier. ?Aftermath? was published in 1920. He became one of the world?s leading poets of the First World War. He believed the war was pointless. During the war, he returned to England on leave because he was ill from Gastric fever. He noticed that perceptions of war at home were very different to what the war was really like, and this angered him. ...read more.


This is the patriotic sense that the poem gives off. Patriotism is driven home in the last stanza. McCrae describes a torch being passed down to the next generation of soldiers. He is talking about soldiers wanting the next generation of soldiers to continue fighting the enemy, and to not give up; this is very patriotic. ?The torch; be yours to hold it high? is a very proud, bold, and patriotic statement. McCrae ends with ?We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Field?, to say that the soldiers will not give up, or rest, in their fight. This is peculiar, almost like a foreshadowing omen that the war will continue, possibly an omen of World War II? The repetition of ?In Flanders Field? is an allusion to the title itself and adds to the theme of death, which is heavily associated with war, and since it is a rhyme scheme on its own, its very definitive and ends each stanza. Have you forgotten yet?... For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go, Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare. ...read more.


This is a similarity between both poems in that both author do not want the efforts of the soldiers to be in vain. Sassoon wants the reader to feel an obligation and vow not to forget, as he asks the reader to never forget at the end of the first stanza, and again at the end of the entire poem. This aspect of war, of respect for soldiers, ?Less We Forget?, is conveyed by McCrae uses the imagery of a torch being passed down to illustrate the fight being continued despite deaths of soldiers. In conclusion, both poems explore aspects of war, and themes related to war as both were written in the First World War era. These aspects include, death (as illustrated by the imagery of poppies), losing life (illustrated by McCrae?s flashback into life before war), and the horrors of trenches and battlefront life (which Sassoon writes his whole poem about in an effort to let people know what war is really like). The difference is that McRae?s poem is focused more on patriotism and pride of war, while McRae?s views on the pointless war, as he felt, is conveyed through the horrific descriptions of trench warfare and his diction like ?rotting corpses? and ?hopeless rain?. However, both authors seek to remember and commemorate the lives of soldiers who fought for their country. ...read more.

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