The power of the poetry still affects the reader today, although perhaps we view it more dispassionately than the contemporary audience of the day, nevertheless the words and images still appal. The last lines of "The Sentry" leaves the reader with a sense of bleakness at the pointless ruination of this young man's life. Equally the gassed soldier in "Dulce et decorum est" evokes a hideous image of his agonising end which, like Owen, could easily haunt your own "smothering dream".
The war should be known for its true meaning and not the fake outside look of it. The poem “Who’s for the game?” is has the opposite view to these poems. War is described as a game, just a bit of fun and that if all these lucky men who have the opportunity to go, in fact don’t go, they will be missing out. There is also a bit of guilt in this poem, it is at the end. By mentioning the trouble that their country is in, it makes men who have not joined feel bad that they have let their country down and be led to such a bad state.
This is a perfect example of how Sassoon used sarcasm, because at face value, the poem seems psychopathic, as if it was written by a man that actually enjoyed killing and the harsh conditions of the war, when in actual fact it is a poem that is against the war.In 'A working Party', Sassoon specifically starts the poem off slowly, describing the men slowly making their way down the trenches, slipping into the mud and squeezing past other soldiers returning from the front line. Then, he ironically rushes the main character's death in the last two lines, after the man is thinking how slow time passes. The man's sudden death shocks the reader and shows how suddenly life can be taken away. It also makes the death of the character seem insignificant and unimportant, and Sassoon probably did this because he felt that not enough attention was paid to the men that lost their lives fighting for their country, like his brother.In 'The General' Sassoon uses a more direct way to show how he feels about the Generals who gave the orders, from well behind the front-line. I think that Sassoon was also bitter about the officers who gave orders although they knew nothing about what it was like in the trenches, and I think that Sassoon probably blamed them for much of the pointless deaths that occurred.
Owen expresses feelings of bitter hatred for the war, and he lets those feelings out in Dulce et Decorem est. He is angry that war is allowed to be continued, that the public are lied to, and the conditions the soldiers have to cope with. He was in the war himself, he knew what he was talking about. Owen has a very strong use of imagery, which I think helps get across his message. Although sometimes I feel he can be a bit too bitter, and lose the plot slightly, his poetry is extremely effective.
America moved into a World Power position, thus removing all European dominations. Avant-garde artists of the modern period came into play. Among the most instrumental of all the avant-garde artists at this time was T. S. Eliot. The poem, “The Hollow Men” was written with Eliot’s delicate sensibility and admiration for those men who were not only on the battlefield but for those on the sea. This poem of Eliot’s at times is associated with everyday life and the everyday feelings of human beings while feeling worthless or at their wits end.
There is no doubt that he didn’t face many struggles throughout his life, but these experiences also shaped his style and created a new way of writing which is praised and looked up to today. His main message was that man is a small helpless person placed in a big scary world that can push him and bring him down. He believed life is unreasonably evil and unfair and that if there is love for anything, life will take that anything away from you. Hemingway was a genius of his time and is still one of the most influential authors in the world today because of the original and unique style he created.
A decade or so upon graduating from the university, Johnson compiled the satirical poem, The Vanity of Human Wishes, which keenly expounds on his tragic yet comical view on life... ... middle of paper ... ... of the most widely written pieces of literature. Samuel Johnson gave the world his gift of the biography in which people can freely express themselves in a written work of their life. The critical approval of his powerful satire, moral romance, and aid in the development of the modern-day biography make Samuel Johnson a great writer. Johnson gave the world his gift of literature. Through his gift, the realm of literature is held in higher regard.
Regardless of one’s personal feelings, it was it difficult to avoid joining... ... middle of paper ... ...ysical wounds, your emotional wounds would always be deeper. Soldiers who survived were eternally traumatized and struggled to regain their humanity. In literature authors like Wilfred Owen who had personally killed men, and seen hundreds die, did not glorify war through their work, while poets like Rupert Brooke who were unaware of the darkness beneath the shiny medals and pride, wrote with patriotism. This shows the impact and difference of perspective found in literature during World War One and how a writer’s background and experience strongly influences the way one perceives a certain situation, for those who do not experience have no way of judging, or knowing. Tragedy is not something that should be promoted as glorious, but courage is, for courage is always commendable, but not all wars are.
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.
Owen portrays the soldier as helpless. In the second stanza ... ... middle of paper ... ...oem ends with a rhetorical question, ‘’why don’t they come?’’, this again shows how the soldier is dependent on others, however, nobody is interested as he is not ‘’whole’’ compared to the other men. This suggests the soldier feels a sense of jealousy. ‘’why don’t they come?’’ is repeated twice, this is effective as it concludes the poem, summarizing the soldiers thoughts, thus making the reader feel sympathetic towards the soldier. Overall the war has a negative impact on soldiers, mentally, socially, and physically.