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GCSE: War Poetry
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The idea that death comes to us all is suggested by "All streets in time are visited". The word "All" emphasises the fact that everyone dies, and the word "time" indicates that it is just a matter of time. I think that Larkin wanted to portray the idea that everyone will make their journey in an ambulance at some point. The ambulance is only symbolic for the doorway to death. At the beginning of the stanza the ambulances are described as "closed like confessionals," this sets the feeling inside the ambulance of confined, secretive and private. This setting is a way of conveying the lonely separation of death and may have a religious meaning.
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"Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward," This gives the impression of the whole brigade obeying a command to charge rather than concentrating on the individual efforts of a soldier. The rhyme scheme in "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" varies with each stanza, as does the number of lines. Tennyson occasionally uses the same word and the same rhyme for several consecutive lines. "Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's not to do and die:" This rhyming triplet shows the use of anaphora which is also used in the next stanza: "Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them."
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The poet characterises the boy to emphasise the circumstances leading to the boy's death. The use of a narrator makes the poem more personal, almost as if the poet was there. The poet includes regular references to the boy's young age. For example: "Doing a man's work, though a child at heart" The use of the word "child" shows us just how young the boy is and how he is doing work that is better suited to a man. The boy's immediate response to the accident was one of sadness, a "rueful laugh".
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Comparison between John Donne and Emily Dickinson's poems: How each of them expresses himself/herself on a problematic subject such as death?4 star(s)
He was educated at oxford and Cambridge and also studied law in London. Donne had a very bright future, but his secret marriage proved disastrous in relation to the prospects he had been preparing himself for. He was a born catholic who later joined the established church. In his final years, donne's poems reflect an obsession with his own death, which came on march 31, 1631. How does John Donne see death in "Holy sonnet 10" Throughout the history of mankind, the concepts of time and death have been present in prose and poetry.
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The shape of this particular poem also shows the theme of conflict due to the rifle-like shape of each stanza creating images of those violent scenes at that time, whereas 'Wilfred Owen's' poem futility does not resemble a specific shape which relates to the poem. However within the poem Futility other writing techniques have been used such as imagery were he mentions 'Was it for the clay grew tall?'
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Also, the words 'walking' and 'on your way to the station' indicate that she was active and not stuck in one place all of the time. The first line of the second stanza creates a religious and happy atmosphere in the poem, compared to 'wet clay' and 'Monaghan graveyard' in verse one. It creates this religious atmosphere by the use of the words 'Mass' and 'Sunday'. Also, it creates a happy mood with the word 'summer', which I believe to be the happiest time of year.
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Both poems also have different tones when compared. The tone and mood of 'Exposure' is very sombre, and dull almost melancholic due to the weariness of the soldier's, how they stand defeated by Mother Nature. For example in the poem Owen uses the phrase 'but nothing happens' 4 times, showing the mood to be dull and weary. While the tone of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is very bitter and scornful, as it is about how underappreciated the soldiers are, and I think it reflects how he feels about war, and his warning for the future generation.
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Compare and Contrast the attitudes to war conveyed in the poems Anthem for Doomed Youth and The Soldier3 star(s)
When Owen describes the "anger of the guns" with monstrous he shows the "funeral" is not of anger but of pity and sorrow. This also shows how furcating and devours the death of many people is. Owen uses many persuasive techniques like Onomatopoeia such as the "rapid rattle" used when the "stuttering riles'", used to describe the only sound being the continues fire of guns. Owen uses religion in the sonnet, because in 1914, Christian religion was a lot larger then it is today.
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Personification can make something feel more real and the human characteristic, breathing, that Brooke describes makes the reader understand what it must be like since he knows what it is like to breathe. The second technique that is used is simile. From the text we can pick out the line, "dreams happy as her day." At this point Brooke is past the point of death, yet the poem is still positive and cheerful. There are no depressive or unhappy words and this proves that Brooke is not scared of the prospect of death.
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Both 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' portray Owen's bitter angst towards the war, but do so in different ways.
Not only are their lives wasted, gone without the holy rite of a funeral, but the lives of their loved ones at home are also ruined. The title itself gives us idea of how young the soldiers are and the word doomed when used with youth gives a very negative image to the readers. The opening line "what passing bells for these who die as cattle". The poet compares the soldiers to the cattle who die insignificantly are not even given a proper burial which is shown by what passing bells.
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How is War Presented in Three WW1 Poems of Your Choice? Dulce Et Decorum Est, Fall In andThe Soldier
Owen made the decision to write an alternative line in which more people would be familiar with, as he desired to broaden his audience. Anyhow, the line advocates that the men are somewhat oblivious to the war that is continuing around them. It highlights the point that they have been forced to withstand war for such a long period of time that they have become 'deaf' as a consequence. In addition, it could suggest that the soldiers are so exasperated with war that it has had a subconscious effect on them.
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Compare the ways in which the poets memorably describe soldiers going off to war in Joining the Colours (Hinkson) and The Send-Off (Owen)
Smooth-cheeked and golden, food for shells and guns." The narrative, as though it is watching upon the soldiers, instantly creates an image of young men gladly marching to war. The title of "Joining" the Colours, and the fact it takes place at the beginning of the war, suggests to the reader that these men are actively making a decision to sign up and go to war, with a sense of high morale and patriotism, as if they are almost unaware of their possible (and likely)
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Brooke did decide to join the battlefront in 1915 but died on the way! The fact that both poets viewed the war differently is important as this is reflected through their poetry. The opening line of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is addressed as a question to the reader.
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From the quiet heroic patriotism seen in Rupert Brookes the Soldier, the tragedy and horror seen in Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est, to Siegfried Sassoons Suicide in the Trenches, war poetry captures a vast array of different subjects regardin
These words all have positive connotations, erasing the initial inference of death in the first stanza. Brooke seamlessly insinuates the glory and patriotism in dying for England, his country of birth. A contrast can be seen in Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est, which was written several years after the publication of the Soldier. Dulce et Decorum Est depicts the gruesome death of a friend and fellow comrade during a gas attack. It has a sad and morose quality to the words with irony in the last stanza, and brings attention to the horrible reality of war through the unheroic death of a friend - blatantly contrasting the death in Brooke's poem.
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War Poems. I Was Only Nineteen by Redgum and And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle are emotional accounts of two men who fought in two different wars and the physical and emotional scaring they suffered upon their return.
'And the Band Played "Waltzing Matilda" is a vivid account of the memories of an old Australian man, who, as a youngster in 1915, had been recruited into the ANZAC and sent to Gallipoli and returned maimed for life. Both of these poems share similar thematic concerns, they both describe war as futile and gruesome, while dismissing the myth of honor or glory associated with being a returned serviceman. The first theme in "I was only Nineteen" is how a war can steal one's youth and how someone so young should not have to witness the atrocities of war.
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This sets the scene, a pleasant, peaceful and relaxed theme, When the children ask Kaspar "what good came of it at last", Kaspar wasnt sure how to reply, because he knows that no good really came because of the war, and Robert wants the reader to realize this. The Language used in the poem is informal, as Kaspar is talking to his gradchildren. Also, due to the time the poem was written in,the verbs an adjectives, words such as, "Was" an "No" are are written differently.
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This is shown when Willhelmine describes the war as "a wicked thing" but is corrected by her grandfather who sees it as a "famous victory." However, he is unable to answer her question, "what they fought each other for." He says "I could not well make out". The Battle Of Blenheim is written as a ballad. It is also written as a contrast to war; "tis some poor fellow's skull said he/ who fell in the great victory". This one seems to sound jolly and childlike.
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The drowning man then proceeds to throw himself at Owen "guttering, choking, drowning". In the first stanza, owen is describing how the soldiers are feeling. He uses rhyme, for example "Sludge/Trudge" and "Boots/Hoots". Owen also uses a number of similes, for example "Coughing like hags" is a simile which is in the first stanza. I think by that Owen was trying to say that there were many ill soldiers, and they still had to go on. There is also a metaphor in this stanza, "Men marched asleep", this is a strong and effective phrase.
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How do two of the poems show how the poets were trying to enlighten the British people about the realities of war? I feel that the two poems, Recruiting and The Target enlighten the British people different ways, but both very effective and emotional.
Emotional impact for the soldiers could be making life and death decisions. These decisions could make the soldiers worry that they may have made the wrong decision and then never forget it, when it comes to understanding why we are at war and why it always turns to violence. Questions like this will be repeatedly heard in these soldiers' minds and it will be hard to figure out some statements they may come across. "I shot him, and it had to be." This conveys that the writer is trying to make justification to himself.
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This essay is based on two poems which were written in the First World War. One poem was written by Rupert Brookes which is The Dead and the other was written by Wilfred Owenss which is Dulce ET Decorum Est.
The two poets clash and show us two different attitudes toward war, and also toward dying for ones country. Both poets use strong similes and metaphors to prove their points about the war. Firstly in Rupert Brooke poem he says, ''but dying has made us rarer gifts then gold'' Here he has used a strong simile because the soldiers are not literally gold. This quote also shows that they are lucky to be in the war, which gives them the chance to die for their country.
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Comparing "Dulce et Decorum est" and "Fall in". Fall in is effective by persuading men to join the army. However the second poem is effective by talking about the horrific events in the war. Both of the poems are inducing guilt.
However, in the other poem the message is how terrible it is to have a soldier die in front of your eyes under clouds of mustered gas. "Fall in" is saying go to war be brave and fight for your country. The reference to " a girl who cuts you dead?" suggests that if they don't go to war no woman would want to be seen with them or talk to them because they were afraid to fight for their country.
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He forces the reader to experience the war with him, making the reader feel almost as strongly as himself by showing his pure hatred. This can be shown for example when he says: "His hanging face, like a devil sick of sin" This creates an image of the soldier spitting out the words with such hatred at the moment one of the soldiers dies from the gas attack. Auden writes before the outbreak of World War II, from a different point of view to that of Owen.
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War Poetry. The Soldier had numerous themes which included bravery, love, glory, patriotism, and honor. However, in The Effect and Counter Attack the themes of dehumanization and irrationality are anti-war.
It also shows his pride and honor he has towards his country as he us willing to sacrifice his life for it. Expressing his love for his country, he said "A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware" In This line, the poet compares England to a mother who gave birth to its people, this proves the fact that the soldier utterly loves his country and is like a son to it, which shows that the country is like a mother who nurtured and raised him.
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Another device used is Alliteration. An example of this is 'Came clamouring.' This is used to create a fast up beat tempo with in the piece. This is desired to be done as the poem is about a battle going on which requires an up beat pace to have the best impact on the reader. It is also used because it helps emphasize the theme of movement as it creates the fast pace which enhances the theme of movement. Exclamation marks are also used in the poem.
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Denise Levertov uses the words "Lights hearts" to tell us that the Vietnamese people were kind, calm and peaceful people. Then Levertov uses the word "Stone" to emphasise the fact that their lives came to an unexpected end. In the second question, Denise Levertov asks us if people of Vietnam worshipped nature. "Did they hold ceremonies to reverence the opening of the bud?" What Denise Levertov was trying to explain was that they loved nature and they never harmed it.
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