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

War Poems

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Grand Old Duke of York" by Anonymous This famous nursery rhyme has an interesting history. This poem has remained anonymous since the 15th Century. It was written during the War of The Roses between York, the White Rose, and Lancaster, the Red Rose. The poem has obviously been designed by either someone who supported Lancaster or didn't have any respect for York because there is no trace of a positive remark about the Duke of York. Over time, the reality of the writer's view has been lost and the once bias poem has become a popular nursery rhyme. Not much detail has been put into the poem as the basic plot is the Duke of York leads his men up and down a hill, having no purpose whatsoever, which makes this a perfect candidate for young children to get used to and memorise. There are several features of the language which help the reader get used to the poem. ...read more.

Middle

Then the most terrible military disaster of all time happened. Six hundred soldiers marched ahead on horseback but only two hundred were barely able to flee. The British Government panicked and had to think of something to keep the public morale so Tennyson, the respected poet, was asked to write a poem to cover the real events with some of his known work. There are a number of language techniques that help persuade the reader to believe Tennyson. One thing is the fast pace of the metre. In the poem, he quotes, "Half a league, half a league, half a league onward". This suggests the galloping rhythm of horses that brings us into the poem. Secondly, Tennyson uses repetition to make us believe him more. He quotes "Cannon...Cannon...Cannon..." This also emphasises the sense of excitement and tension. Another point is the rare appearance of honesty in the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

This states the obvious that the Drummer boys were killed first, a senseless waste of youth. /8105285925825836+ The British were under control of Queen Victoria, who had experienced a lot but was on her last legs, and she was completely committed to winning this war. Eventually, the British won the war but that was Queen Victoria's last success. She died in 1901, which also meant the death of the British Empire. Afterwards, Thomas Hardy wrote a poem of protest against people using children as Thomas Hardy used several techniques to create the setting of the Boer War. For example, he uses adjectives like "young" and "fresh". This reminds us of just how inexperienced the drummer is and the use of the word "fresh" describes that he is just an object like fresh meat, in the eyes of his "superiors". Going in another direction, the repetition of his name "Hodge" four times which makes the poem far more. The uses of African words like "kopje-crest...veldt...Karoo" makes it seem more realistic and native. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 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 GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. Comparing and contrasting "The charge of the Light Brigade" and "The Defence of Lucknow" ...

    The Russians of course couldn't be criticised because they slaughtered and outclassed the Britons and notably had the same skin colour therefore we don't see any r****t contents used. As we can see in "The Charge of The Light Brigade" there are no descriptions of the Russians whereas the Indians

  2. Pre 1914 War Poetry - The Drum and Drummer Hodge analysed.

    'Thoughtless youth' indicates that they are young, innocent men who don't know what they are getting into and are overcome by the sound of the drum ('it pleasure yields'). 'And lures from cities and from fields' refers to the fact that nowhere can escape the lure of the drum, farmers

  1. Look at a variety of poems but First World War Poet comparing the different ...

    The 'Shires are sad' could mean that relatives and friends back home are mourning, but are not yet aware that their son or friend has died. This poem is completely different from the first poem because it is straight away exposing the reader to the battlefront and the suffering the

  2. English Tennyson Coursework

    To me it sounds like from the beginning Tennyson is making excuses on behalf of the soldiers by mentioning that they were only half a league which is six hundred soldiers and so they must have been outnumbered, Tennyson does not want the people to believe that the British never

  1. Saving Private Ryan Examine Steven Spielberg's use of images and Presentation of war. ...

    We see how it seems to be every man for themselve as there was no attempt to save injured soldiers. They're just given morphine to ease their pain. The sounds in this scene are mostly the screaming of the injured, explosions and machine gunfire.

  2. Compare the presentation of war in the Olivier and Branagh versions of 'Henry V'. ...

    The sets in the battles are similar as they're both outside but the costumes make a large difference. Olivier's version had men dressed in armour on horses with flags and props. Branagh only had basic costumes that did not match and were all different and poor looking.

  1. Why did Britain win the battle of Britain?

    Zealanders and Canadians-they were bolstered by the arrival of fresh Czechoslovakian and Polish squadrons. In addition there were other nationals, including Free French, Belgian and even a Palestinian pilot serving amongst the squadrons. The RAF at least had the advantage of fighting over home territory.

  2. Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?

    From the point of view of morale the battle was very important, however. Churchill was able to use it and the Blitz to bolster the determination of the British people. He later used it to attract support from the USA and to encourage resistance in occupied countries.

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