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GCSE: War Poetry
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If Gunga Din was not as loyal to the soldiers as he was, then he would not have risked his life to save the poetic voice, for which the poetic voice is grateful. The author seeks to demonstrate that all people have a purpose to help others and that the quality of your actions is far more important than your skin colour, rank, ethnic beliefs or anything that makes up your individuality. On the other hand, maybe Gunga Din is not so loyal, maybe all he is there for is the money.
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music in this scene is an example of parallel sound where the music you hear is reflecting the narrative and what's going on within the scene, I believe that the build up of music would be similar to the warriors heart beat, getting faster and faster as the battle draws closer. I feel that the music is portraying them as heroes at this point. The music is drowned out by the clunking of weapons at certain points leading up to the battle.
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The battle was a very significant one in historic context. It meant the end to the Napoleonic Wars. Infantry, cavalry and artillery were used in these wars. Throughout the poem there is an emphasis on tension. It starts off quite slow but by line 15, the tension begins. "That heavy sound" got the British denying the sound until the canon fires. This builds up the tension incredibly and urges the army into battle. Lines such as, "He rushed into field, and, foremost fighting fell", creates a scene of tension, excitement and speed.
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How do the poets of After Blenheim by Robert Southey and The Hyenas written by Rudyard Kipling show their true feelings about war?
He describes how when he is farming or working on the land with his ploughshares, he usually finds quite a few skulls from that 'great victory', the skulls of many thousands of men who died fighting for their country. This phrase is used to justify the battle at the end of most stanzas as the poet talks about people not knowing what the war was about, innocent people dying and many bodies lying in the sun, but all of these are okay because it was for the 'great victory'.
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Explore the ways in which the poets communicate ideas of duty and honour in Charge of the Light Brigade and Vita Lampada
For example, the first stanza deals with a cricket match. Cricket is considered to be a noble and honourable game played by gentlemen. In the game, the eleven players go into bat against the opposition, with each dismissed player being replaced by another until their last man is in. In other words, they keep the battle going until the last man falls. Each team member has a contribution to make to the overall team result, be it a win or a loss. Each member plays honourably, by the rules, and plays for the good of his team.
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He also uses 'that' instead of the more conventional word "the". This indicates that he is almost accusing the drum of being discordant, trying to single it out, and he is using it as a symbol of war. This is continued into the second line; he personifies the drum. By saying that it is 'parading round', John Scott is implying that is a soldier, and the use of the word parading also has a military reference. He writes "parading round and round and round,"- a long string of repetition. This is implying that war is relentless, repeatedly causing destruction to families, towns and youths who join up.
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Compare and contrast The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy and the The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
His poem dealt with a range of themes. Most of his poems celebrated war and shows in the whole pile of poems (The Charge of the light brigade is one of them) that dying for your country is honourable. The cavalry was given the wrong order my mistake and as they charged towards the Russians cannons they were cut down. We sense that Tennyson believed that we should celebrate and honour the brave men that gave up their life during the event but we also feel the horror and sadness of war.
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The poem vultures is written in free verse and consists of mostly short lines this was done so we read the poem slowly therefore appreciating its dark gloomy atmosphere. The poem not my business is split into four different stanzas each one specially written for each occurrence. At the end of each stanza there is a refrain this repetition is used to show that it is an instinctive response - he doesn't want to think about it. The last there isn't the usually words it's his turn.
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There are several features of the language which help the reader get used to the poem. Firstly, the poem has a very regular metre that matches the soldiers marching in sync and rhythm. Another point is the regular rhyme scheme fitting in with the soldiers repeating their actions and doing the same thing all the time. The repetition is mildly hypnotic for the soldiers as the marching is supposed to push them into a fighting mood but with simple movements, the writer evidently thought that York had small limits and couldn't change their simplicity. A further aspect is the total omission of blood, suffering, pain, fighting and authenticity of war and battle.
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Look at a variety of poems but First World War Poet comparing the different ways in which the poets show their attitude to war
The poem is made up of four verses and vary in length it seems that the more personal parts of the poem in stanzas and the thoughts and feelings that Owen has at the particular time are shown in this manner, perhaps because the stanzas are more intense and therefore, the fact they are short makes them more effective 'all my dreams, before my helpless sight..' In the first stanza the soldiers are described as tired and starving, with poor health and nothing much in the way of quality of life '...
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Calling it "the valley of Death" at such an early part of the poem hints at the outcome of the charge, saying that many will die. The order 'Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!' he said: directly proceeds "Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred", this tells us that there was not a moment's hesitation by any of the troops about charging into The Valley of Death. The valley of Death alludes to the 23rd Psalm (The psalm of David)
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"When will their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! Honour the light brigade. Noble six hundred!" This can be described as irony which Alfred also uses to get people to fight in patriotic wars. Who needs glory when you are dead? Wilfred Owen was an officer in the British army, he was actually in the trenches and saw the horrors of the war. He wanted to tell people at home that wars or fighting in wars for your country is not good neither is it glorious. "Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud.
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Part two of the poem is ironic because in the first part the wife gets a telegram saying her husband has died in the war where it says 'flashed news is in her hand', then 'he has fallen - in the far south land'. In the second part, she gets a letter from her husband that says he is full of hope of his return. This is a twist of fate because he thought he would be returning home but he got killed after he had sent the letter.
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Tennyson also wrote a few plays before he died on 6th October 1892 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. The poem is written in 6 stanzas, which each contain a varied number of lines. Every stanza describes a different part of the battle with a balance of both nobility and brutality throughout the poem. Although Tennyson subject of the story is patriotism and nobility and the poem's tone is exciting and inspiring, it heavily describes the horror of war: "Cannon to the left of them, cannon to the right of them, cannon in front of them, volley'd and thunder'd".
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Although Tennyson's subject of the story is patriotism and the poem's tone is exciting and inspiring, it heavily describes the horror of war, "Cannon to the left of them, cannon to the right of them, cannon in front of them, volley'd and thunder'd". This changes the tone of the story, which the poet emphasises with "Mouth of h**l" and "Valley of death" being repeated in each stanza. These words are strong and make the reader feel as though the battle was horrific.
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Technology advances may be to blame for the change in opinion. Instead of fighting with swords which are a brutal accessories for war along with the most basic of guns, soldiers in Owens era had to battle using the even more brutal means, such as mustard gas which would cause its victim to 'cough to death' and was unbearable for the victim their self and just as much, their comrades who would have to witness their friend die in such horrific means with no control over their fate.
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He joined the infantry because he was just an ordinary man, he felt no attitude to going to war, but after shooting this man he feels different about war as in the last stanza he says "quaint and curious war is" which shows he has changed from having no feelings for war to feeling that war is now strange to him. The poet uses irony here to describe how war is horrific rather than something ordinary. The rhyme scheme of this poem is in ABAB, which is a very simple scheme, which shows that he is an ordinary man with an uncomplicated view of war.
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The narrator comes across as a very confident and boastful character, we know this by the quote "it will take a very tangible ghost to scare me." The narrator deliberately does this on purpose to set him up to then knock him down later on it the story. The narrator does a very good job of describing the old people, for example "his decaying yellow teeth." This puts a very clear picture into the readers head, it also has you think that the old people are worthless, deformed, wrinkled, withered old people.
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His first point of order is the men and the makeup of the British army. This was the first large attack that Lord Kitchner's new army had been a part of and Middlebrook compares and contrasts this new army against the Regulars and Territorials that had handled the mass of the fighting until this point. Middlebrook looks closely at the chain of command and how men operated within that system. He proposes that ineffective communication, partially cause by the inefficient chain of command system, was a powerful factor leading to the great losses suffered that day.
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gives us a soothing and calm sensation, which re-enacts the pace of time before the battle. The alliteration of 'm' sound also helps developing this impression. The nature imagery, "Stark blank sky" (L.5) with the slow 's' sibilance alliteration and repetition of consonant also achieves this effect. This is a very happy natural scene, where long grass "swirled" in "May breeze". However, this is followed by an unpleasant simile of "pain" (L.10) and "veins" (L.9). Summer is personified while the onomatopoeia of the word "oozed" (L.9)
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The government are described as elephants because they are big and powerful. In the first poem 'The battle of the elephants' there are two narrators, The first one is describing the witch and the other one is the witch. We know this because of this line ''they call her the demented witch'' means that she lives on her own. This phrase describes the witch so this speaker can't be the witch. The second speaker comes in; in the phrase 'there will be a Battle of the elephants the mighty husky elephants with tusks reaching out into the sky there will be a battle of the elephants.''
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Before she could even touch it, suddenly, I saw myself disappear from the construction site. I saw myself flout in empty darkness. I then flew faster then a bullet. I saw a luminous light ahead of me. I tried to scream, but a sound didn't come out of my mouth. As I got closer to the light, I went right into it. "Argh. Where am I?" I opened my eyes at that moment. My eyes widen. I saw a prodigious streaming lake with vast, but ancient building all around me. As I started walking, I realized that I was walking on sand.
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The attack was launched upon a 30 kilometre front, from the North of the Somme river between Arras and Albert, and continued to the 18th November, at which point it was ended, due to non- military advance on both sides. In this essay I will cover the main events of Battle, which caused the interpretations and accusations of General Haig's commandment of the British army, in various opinions. I will also cover the end results of the Battle, which led to Aftermath reactions and changing opinions, within the British Public.
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The lack of doctors and nurses let to the deaths of many more men. The British Media told the country that the battle had been won to make them feel safe. Alfred Lord Tennyson give a real senses of being in the battle, hearing the guns and the horses screaming with his fast pace and repetition he repeats "Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them" Making you feel surrounded by these cannons, you fell like you are one of the soldiers charging at the enemy ranks.
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In The Defence of Lucknow however, the English people wanted to take over India so they started to trade with them, soon they had taken over the trading companies and built their own palaces which still are in India today. In both poems Tennyson uses various techniques to stir up emotions and gain sympathy for the British. In The Defence of Lucknow he talks about death and disease to show the soldiers' suffering though not mentioning that it was England who wanted to occupy India in the beginning and were now suffering for that reason.
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