• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Detailed Discussion and Analysis of How Poetry Reflects Changing and Different Attitudes to World War One.

Extracts from this document...


A Detailed Discussion and Analysis of How Poetry Reflects Changing and Different Attitudes to World War One The three poems that I have picked for this discussion are, "To the Others", "He went for a soldier" and "Anthem for doomed youth". I have chosen these poems because each of the three poets depicts different aspects of the war: "To the others" is an example of the ideals and chivalry of the war. "He went for a soldier," is a strong statement about the realities of trench warfare and lastly, "Anthem for doomed youth" gives a mournful insight into Owen's impression of the war. Wilfred Owen's poem, "Anthem for doomed youth" although short, it still gives a very powerful outlook of the war. Ruth Comfort Mitchell's poem, "He went for a soldier" is lengthier than Wilfred Owen's because she describes the battle of the war in much more detail. Finally, the ballad by Katherine Tynan has the most emotional and personal attitude to it throughout the poem. "To the others" is a very patriotic ballad. One of the ways you could interpret this, is that it is aimed at the opposition by implying look at our sons, they aren't afraid to go to war. Additionally it could be intended for the anti war mothers, as if to say, there is a good reason to send your son to war, he will be a hero, you should be proud of him. ...read more.


"Your son and my son, clean as new swords" is suggesting that their sons are pure and have done well, "clean as new swords" also refers to chivalry. "He went for a soldier" is an unusual poem in that during the first two stanzas, the character Billy is chirpy as he sets off to war, "To the gay, bold tune they kept a-drumming there." However, in the remaining stanzas, the atmosphere is quite the opposite; it becomes morbid very quickly. At the end of each stanza, "Billy, the soldier boy!" is repeated, I think that this is to emphasise how young Billy is. Another projection of Billy's youth and innocence through the poem is: "Oh, the pretty girls he glimpsed a-crying there" and "Blushing under the cheers." The fact that they are referred to as girls and not women shows that the people waving good-bye were young, like Billy. In addition, the blushing could be another indication of his age. The last three stanzas consists of many references to strong, brutal imagery, "the ground all around is smeared with the gore of him" it has gone from cheerful to reality. In reality, the war is very different to what everybody at home thinks about it, they think that Billy is being a hero and is going to return, but in reality, Billy is not going to come back. ...read more.


Owen was put in a mental hospital; this poem talks about, "the shrill, demented choirs" and "their flowers the tenderness of patient minds" both are references to ill suffering, mental patients. The first stanza is written in a style of an angry adult, how he hates war because of the death and guns, "monstrous anger of the guns." However, in the second stanza it is like a timid little boy is writing of his discontent, the language is very simple, and he talks of people dieing a more peaceful death than in the first stanza, "and each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds." It is as if the poet missed his childhood due to war. This is yet another example of how the poem is based on Wilfred Owen's own life. The three poems that I selected show various attitudes to war through their use of language, the rhyming, their descriptions and their opinions and own experiences. "To the others" encourages our patriotic determination to go and fight in the war, "He went for a soldier" is matter-of-fact to begin with, but reverses the approach with a sense of real events and "Anthem for doomed youth" just persuades people not to join the army. Katherine Tynan also spent her time fighting in the war, however, unlike Owen, she was not on the front line and she did not get sent to a mental asylum, so her view on the war will be unlike Owens' in some respects. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. Compare and contrast the ways in which the changing relationship between those on the ...

    Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong effectively portrays both of these opposing views as the novel progresses, depicting the evolving gulf between those at the front and those at home, as he allows his characters to return to England on leave after being deeply immersed in the angst of war.

  2. History - World War One

    As a result, men joined the army in large numbers. Also like the White Feather method people also sent abusive letters to people who had not joined the army..... A taunting letter forwarded to a railway porter who had not yet enlisted...

  1. How and why do National Cemetery/Memorials built in the 1920's commemorate those who died ...

    In the German cemetery of Langemarck, there is an effigy of four soldiers in a tableau vivante representing mourners for the war dead of Germany. Emil Krieger who, like Rudyard Kipling, lost a relative in the war made this particular sculpture.

  2. How does the poetry of the First World War reflectThe changing mood as the ...

    They became more depressed, dark tales, telling stories of illness and slaughter. How does the poetry of the First World War reflect The changing mood as the war progressed? Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game?' is a prime example of the country's excitement for the war.

  1. Compare and contrast the attitudes to the First World War in the poetry you ...

    Pope describes weeds and flowers starting to "annex the place reserved for stumps." Jessie Pope uses several uncertain images such as "stripped" and "bare." These two words are very negative and show the reader the feeling of emptiness on this barren cricket pitch.

  2. Stimulus and Response analysis: Dramatic and Literary depictions of war

    each characters emotion and gesture had to be shown at some point. My group decided to do once scene for the father and son, another for the mother and daughter and one for the youngest son. Task 4 The class was split up into two groups and were given a

  1. What attitudes to war have youfound in your reading of war poetry?

    Their question is the first indication that they are unsure of their commander's decision, and that they now begin to speculate on the outcome of their charge. The following lines show the reality of the situation: ''Not tho' the soldier knew Some one had blunder'd'' So finally we see that the soldiers are completely unaware of their impending doom.

  2. With detailed reference to

    This is much like Marilyn's life, she was the vulnerable candle and the media and drugs were the wind, the wind had total control over her existence. It was unpredictable when the wind would turn on her and when she would die out.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work