Emmily Nonas 10W Poetry Assignment 8th December 2004 Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon both were brave officers in the war. Neither was pressurised to join the fronts but volunteered. Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire. He was a son of a railway worker and poetry had been encourage by his mother since boyhood. Owen returned to France in August 1918 and won the Military Cross in September. He was sadly killed on the 4th of November 1918, one week before the war ended. On the 11th of November when the war ended at eleven am, news of his death reached his family. Siegfried Sassoon also won the Military Cross for courage and fought at several battles. He came from a wealthy, banking family, a very different background from Wilfred Owen. Owen and Sassoon met when they were both receiving treatment at Craiglockhart Hospital, Edinburgh. Both had experiences of the World War One and this inspired them to write poetry. The poetry was to be about the horrors of the war - the needless suffering, the false definition of 'glorious war' and the lack of understanding from the civilians at home. The poems I have chosen to compare are 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen and 'Memorial Tablet' by Siegfried Sassoon. This is because these two poems interested me the most out of the four we discussed as a group. The first poem I am going to look at is 'Dulce et
War Poetry Poetry is one of the most important ways of communication and expression of feelings. War poetry brings history to life it also shows us the thoughts of men and women who have experienced war. The young people today are impressed by the work of soldier poets of 1914-18. They think this is the most impressive part of the huge literature war. Before the end of the nineteenth century there were no soldier poets. The war poets were mostly civilians who used their imagination to say what battle was like. The use of powerful words meant there was a hidden meaning behind it. The writer uses metaphors and similes to express the anguish, fear, love etc in his poems. Everyone's opinion of war changed towards the end of the 1st world war. People thought that sacrificing oneself for their country was seen as being noble and honourable. This put great pressure on the young men to go join the army and to risk their lives. Such poems like this were 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Tennyson and 'Peace' by Rupert Brooke. Jessie Pope's 'Who's for the Game' is a very particularly good example of a poem based on the traditions to encourage men to enlist. The poets before the 1st world war were usually civilians who wrote their poems from newspaper reports or other soldiers' accounts. Some people were taken to war and were paid to write poetry. The poems could have
According to the international law, war is the declaration of violent intentions on another state or country. Through the ages there have been many ways of preserving the memories of these precious moments of human violence - through art, drama and documented personal accounts, but one of the most empathetical methods is through poetry. War poetry is a person's response and contains issues surrounding war; most poems written about war have personal feelings and include their interpretations of events. Many who are affected by the aftermath of war turn to poetry in order to release their trapped feelings; they attempt to evoke a response from the reader. The first poem was written previously to the 20th century and it focuses upon the Crimean war. The poem is titled 'The Charge of the Light Brigade.' The Crimean war lasted from 1853 - 1856. It was military conflict between Russia and a coalition of Great Britain, France, the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire; this war was a major turning point in the political history of post-Napoleonic Europe. The roots of the conflict lay in the Eastern Question posed by the decline of the Ottoman Empire, a development of fraught with explosive implications for the European balance of power. From the 18th century, Russia had become increasingly eager to take advantage of this situation to increase its influence in the
War Poetry GCSE Coursework On August 1st 1914 Germany declared war on Russia. Then the next day Germany put into action a plan to attack France by advancing through Belgium. The reason for attacking France was that they had a treaty with Russia and they felt that the French would help Russia with invading them. On 14th August 1914 after Germany ignored an appeal from Britain to refrain from violating Belgium's neutrality in this attack on France, Britain declared war on them. As it was the first major war that Britain had fort in for hundreds of years it sparked fantasies of becoming a war hero in young boys and men's minds. Because the government had told everyone that the war would be over by Christmas, they decided to join up in an attempt to not miss the excitement of war. Little did they know that they were being sent to fight in a horrific war that would lead them to their deaths? Some poets were also very patriotic just like all the young men going to fight. Because of this patriotism the poets wrote about how glamorous the war was and how good it was to die for your country. This was all an attempt along with propaganda to keep the number of men high enough to replace those who died. These men who wrote patriotic poems did see a bit of action but they were all mainly middle class people so were given high ranks in the army such as a General which ment that they
How does Wilfred Owen, use his poetry to communicate the horrors of the First World War. In January 1917 Wilfred Owen arrived on the western front at the northern end of the Somme sector where he spent four months in appalling conditions. Owen didn't approve of the lies being told about the war so he wrote poems to tell the truth about the horrors and cruelty of the war. I looked at a number of Wilfred Owens poems and I have chosen four to write about. 'Dulce et decorum est', 'the sentry', 'Exposure', and 'disabled'. In these poems Owen uses a lot of personal pronouns to communicate to the horrors of the war. He shows this by explaining the suffering he went through. In the opening paragraph of the sentry, Owen explicitly describes the situation as being 'hell' we know Owen was experiencing this horrific event because he uses personal pronouns such as, "we" and "our". Having studied a variety of Owens poems it is clear he had a strong personal view of the war. The four poems that I am focusing on two highlight actual events that Owen has experienced. Both poems deal with specific incidents that have had a lasting impression on Owen. The poem Dulce et decorum est is about death the first section of the poem takes the reader on a march with the soldiers and shows vividly the unglamorous aspects of the war. "Men marched asleep" tired suffering men who are no longer pain,
An Introduction War has given writers much material to use in books, short stories, descriptive essays, poems etc. Sometimes these merely narrate incidents and bring them up to story form. For instance Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, War and Peace, tells the story of five families during the Napoleonic Wars, "The Great Escape" by Paul Brickhill which was also made into the movie, and Ernest's Hemmingway's "A Farewell to Arms", which examines how World War 1 impacted the lives of several characters---including an ambulance driver. The film, based on the novel, earned Academy Awards for cinematography and sound recording, Apart from the poems "Six Young Men" by Ted Hughes and "War Photographer" by Carol Anne Duffy, "Vergissmeinicht" by Keith Douglas and "Bombing Casualties in Spain" by Herbert Read also show the futility of war, without minimizing the horrors it creates. Some of these books go into the economics of war. All these books imply that given a similar set of circumstances as well as predictably of human nature, war is inevitable. They also bring about the aftermath of war and how it damages the socio-political nature of a nature. Most of these war novels have a good dose of love and romance and many have been made into outstanding films. The Poets of the First World War The First World War brought to public notice many poets, particularly among the
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War Poetry Essay War was declared on Germany on the fourth of August, 1914. Britain had not fought a major war for over 100 years, and the general public attitude towards war was that Britain were indefatigable, and Germany would indisputably be subjugated before Christmas, 1914, and a glorious victory would be won over Germany. Very little thought was passed to the immense loss of British and civilian life that would be mourned by millions. This was mainly due to the moral produced by propaganda in the form of posters, poetry and film. The high-spirited propaganda lured many credulous young men into the glorious, valiant perception of war, which could be theirs, should they wish to participate. This poem, "Who's for the game?" by Jessie Pope was written at the beginning of the war and only echoes a pro-war attitude. It contains very little negativity about the war. This poem was written for "The Daily Mail" newspaper and encourages young men to take an active role in the war. The poem greatly exaggerates the glory and triumph of the war. The mood of the poem is evident from the light-hearted vocabulary used in the title and the stanzas. The title "Who's for the game?" proposes absolutely no peril, and suggests that the war is in some way reminiscent to a game of Cowboys and Indians, however on a much grander scale. "The biggest that's played." This is very
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