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The Differing Attitudes of War Poets Showed to World War One

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The Differing Attitudes of War Poets Showed to World War One A few years into the war, there was a lack of recruitment and so people started to print recruitment poems. These were designed to help encourage men to sign up. These poems were successful and more people signed up to fight, thinking that war is like a game. ====================================================================== Towards the end of the war, poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon started to right poems about the reality of the war. I am going to compare one of Jessie Pope's recruitment poems with some of Owen and Sassoon's poems. The recruitment poems portrayed images that indicated that war was a fun game and that anyone that fought would make their families proud. Some poems make people feel guilty for not signing up and would make men ashamed if they did not join up to defend their country. Owen and Sassoon had a different approach to the images their poems had, as they were fighting in the war. They wrote about the truth of the war; the terrible trench conditions and death. Their poems were meant to shock people because they didn't know what war was actually like and make men realise what they were actually doing, signing up to fight. Jessie Pope's attitude to war was that all men should join up and fight for the country and if men didn't, they were cowards. Her poem, 'Who's for the game?' was wrote as if she knew about fighting in a war. She made everything sound like a game. She used a phrase that would make people want to sign up by saying, 'Who would much rather come back with a crotch Than lie low and be out of the fun?' This is what a lot of the poems were about, trying to guilt people into the war, but I think that I would rather be out of the fun than come back without a leg or any other injury. The poem has been written in a basic rhyming pattern, with alternate lines rhyming.
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