Wilfred Owen was a young man who voluntarily joined the army. He went to war thinking it was an adventure but his views dramatically changed over the course of the war. His views are shown trough many dramatic and tragic poems. He suddenly passed away on the 4th of November 1918, but his legacy still continues to have profound effects on literature. ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ (meaning sweet and proper) is Owen’s most famous poem and one of the most searing war poems ever written.
His death was particularly tragic as it came just a week before Armistice Day and the end of the war. A common misconception is that all war poets of the First World War were against war. Usually on their way to war, some famous poets such as Rupert Brooke wrote some very famous war poems. Poems such as "The Soldier" and "The Volunteer" give very positive and romanticised views of war and words such as "lance", "chivalry" and "legion" came up very regularly. These poets were not stupid or attempting to get people to enlist, they just didn't know any better due to the classic public school education and the fact that there was no media, such as films to, inform the public of how terrible war is.
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.
All his life, all he wanted was to be loved, and his father’s constant taunting hurt him immensely. In going to the war, John fulfilled his dream to become a figure who was both admired and respected. He was not a strong, macho man, who thrived upon violence and bloodshed, yet he was young and ambitious. Wade saw the war as a way of gaining ‘hero’ status in order to reach his lifelong ambitions of reaching the U.S Senate. When the revelations about his acts in the war were made, John Wade lost everything that he had fought so hard to build for himself.
Baumer tells a story about fighting for their own sanity as well as their country. As the war begun, he and his friends got an real look at what the war was truly about. This book shows the conflict coming during the actual war, the boys use their spirits to try to overcome it. But the mind against reality that is described in the books, gives them a reality check on how life really is. During the beginning of the book, Remarque explains the boy's job, relating it to how hard it is to be in the war.
How Poetry of the First World War Changed The First World War broke out on the 4th of august 1914. It was the first major war near bye Europe for hundreds of years. It sparked fantasies of becoming a war hero in young boys' and men's minds and because the government had assured everyone that the war would be over by Christmas, those young boys and men decided to join up in an attempt not to miss the excitement of war. Little did they know that they were being led to an untimely death at the hands of Germany! Poets were also just as patriotic as the men going to fight.
The endings and startings in each poem have the same effect; they leave the reader with a question; is war necessary? This question is very important, every soldier at the time must have been thinking why the war actually began, why did Britain get involved? Owen never answered this, but poems were still very emotional. 'Disabled' is about a young man, which went to war, and was sent off like a hero. When he came back a year later, he realised that if he kept in one piece he would have been loved still, but with arms and legs missing.
Characters of War At the news of World War I breaking out, Siegfried Sassoon quickly enrolled in regimental training. Yet most people don't recognize him for his war achievements. Today he is recognized as one of the most famous war poets of the era. World War I was a war of attrition and cost thousands of humans their loved ones, limbs, or lives. Siegfried writes two poems pertaining to these matters; "The One-Legged Man" and "The Hero", both of which show a part of war civilians can relate to, show the morale amongst the soldiers, and carry a common theme of selfishness and one's dignity or lack there of.
Sassoon was an army officer but still was quit rich and never got the full taste of trench warfare during World War One. This shows straight away that the three writers were all brought up with different views and backgrounds which would definitely affect the way they write. The way that Tennyson writes, is the way a man who has never ... ... middle of paper ... ... The Crimean War didn’t change history, but still Britain suffered a terrible loss of men. Tennyson and the rest of Britain was not used to this, so Tennyson wrote about the subject of war in a very positive way.
Who are the real victims of war? Unfortunately, many people ask themselves this question after they return home from battle as a completely different person as than they were before the devastation. Much of this group asking themselves this question were young when they enlisted, so they don’t know how to deal with the world they are in. Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front brings about this very group of young men during World War I. These boys are also vastly known as the Forgotten Generation, because they lost everything in the war so they were pushed aside.