There were many underlying causes to the war and upon hearing and realizing how bad of a time it was through what people went through, it was a horrific time for everyone who experienced it including Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, Britian, France, Russia, Italy, and Japan. A book, All Quiet on the Western Front was written about a young German soldier and his experience and perspective on the war. Paul Baumer enlists in the German Army when the Great War broke out in 1914. His enthusiasm as being part of an Army wanes and turns into him living in constant fear of being apart of fighting in a war. Along with Paul Baumer, there were millions of others who had the experience of fighting in World War I.
Many patriotic poems and songs were written which encouraged the war effort even more. However, by 1917 the true horror and cruelty of fighting in the war was unveiled. The soldiers experienced true pain, hardship and psychological damage. For those who were left in England, there was huge grief for the loss of life, and people’s attitudes to the war changed dramatically. Wilfred Owen was a teacher who fought from the begging of the ‘Great War’.
Wilfred Owen is undoubtedly one of the greatest First World War poets, revealing the true horrors of the war and the appalling and horrendous impact that it had on those on the front line. Owen was not anti war; in fact he is well documented in stating that there was a place for war, volunteering himself to go to the front line. Unlike many of his predecessors, Owen did not glorify the War and ignorantly celebrate it, instead he became increasingly discontented with the purpose behind it. He began to loose confidence in the purpose of the War and his opinion on the War, having originally enlisted full of hope and jubilation, took a dramatic change. Owen questioned whether or not the ultimate sacrifices being made were really appreciated by those at home, whilst they glorified and encouraged the War.
World War One took a toll on everyone between 1914 and 1918. What were some of the main causes and effects of World War One? There were many causes to World War One but one of them was the Cult of the Offensive. According to class notes on 4/4/11, countries should not wait to be attacked, they should attack first. The Cult of Offensive was “a military strategy of constantly attacking the enemy that was believed to be the key to winning World War One but that brought great loss of life while failing to bring decisive victory” (Hunt, 803).
Owen volunteered to fight on 21 October 1915. Like many young men, propaganda had gotten the best of him, but he would soon experience first handedly the true horrors of war. Owen wrote of the disillusionment he, like others, felt at the time. He wrote out of his intense personal experience as a soldier and wrote with unrivalled power about the physical, moral and psychological trauma of the First World War. Nothing could have prepared Owens for the shock of war: for life in the trenches, sickness, death.
The first stanza sets the scene and show what the soldiers would be feeling at the time. The men's condition at the time was so wretched th... ... middle of paper ... ...are a repeat of the title, and also and added line to clarify the actual meaning of the poem. Owen mocks the idea of war being an honorable and nationalistic way to support ones country as he describes a situation in which death is detailed in gruesome detail. This poem is harsh, yet effective in displaying the acts of war and the affect the it has on all of the people involved, especially the foot soldiers who served in the front line, the trenches. Owen serves as a great example of the losses that war brings.
The idea of ‘Home Front’ was developed during the Great War and was used to gain financial and moral support from civilians who were not directly engaged on the warfront. Therefore, a major contrast existed between the realities of the warfront and what people at home were told about the war. Strict discipline, bravery, and optimism were expected from all soldiers at all times; failure to do so was highly punished. Moreover, trench warfare was a symbolic distinction of the Great War; and it was there where the most horrific and awful aspect of the conflict were captured. The physical and emotional damages inflicted by war were irreversible and included several long-term effects that affected the future lives of soldiers and sometimes ended in madness or sudden death.
Lands were destroyed through the war and lives were forever changes. For both the Austria-Hungarian Empire and the Trotta name the cost of war was far greater than anyone could have imagined; the cost of war was tradition, love, power, and a sense of pride for their beloved country, Austria-Hungary. As the narrator prepares to go to war, with "no time to lose," he begins to realize the role that tradition and his name meant to his young life. No longer did he care about his rich snobby friends but his "true" friends Joseph Branco the chestnut roaster and Manes Reisiger the fiaker. His relationship with these two men is his only link to the old way of life in the Austria-Hungarian society.
It is interesting when discussing WW1 poetry to examine how attitudes to war at the time may have influenced the poets. Before WW1 war was generally viewed as a positive thing. Many young men followed a career in the army and saw it as something of an adventure. The horrors of WW1 changed many people’s attitudes to war, the mechanisation of warfare led to millions of casualties and this resulted into a general realisation that war wasn’t a glorious adventure. Many soldiers wrote powerful poems about the reality of war as they wanted the truth to be known.
Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon both wrote poems about their experiences in World War I, and the shift in ... ... middle of paper ... ...o contemplate their lives in anger and derision. Much like the people of the era during which it rose to prominence, Modernism is often disheartened and bitter, but still resolved to do something of meaning during its short lifetime. It confronts the world with all the pain that has plagued humanity for so long and laments our inability to overcome it. Neither optimistic nor cheerful by nature, Modernism is somber and melancholy; it evolved from a difficult era and does not attempt to hide this fact. The grisly wars fought, the widespread economic depression that dominated the 1930s’, the despair and desperation surrounding the era—while Modernism is often blinded by pessimism, the origin of its negativity is not mysterious.