If death was mentioned, it was only in a noble and glorious context. As there was no media coverage of war, the non-combatants did not know the true story. Poets like Alfred Lord Tennyson, who never actually participated in any war, did not portray a realistic outlook of combat. However after 1900, as media coverage increased, non-combatants finally began to learn of the true story of war. Although there were still poets who wrote of the glories of fighting, poets such as Wilfred Owen, who fought and in the end was killed during the First World War, began to write realistically, showing war in a true light, removing any romanticism.
This also makes the soldiers appear very brave, as they show little fear. To conclude, I would say that ‘Spring Offensive’ is an exceptional piece of writing that moved me greatly. I felt real sympathy and sadness for the men that lost their lives for their country after the officers threw them into the front line. This feeling is strengthened through ‘Futility’, which makes the pointlessness of the War even more apparent. Owen uses rhythm and style to paint the terrible pictures of war in order to rouse the reader into thinking about his ideas.
For example Brook wrote The Soldier at the beginning of the war but Owen wrote it in 1916. Brooks wrote his poem as someone who hasn't been at war and at this time people thought that the war would not last for long, but Owen did fight in the war but was written half way through the war. Brooke says that it is good to die at war while fighting for your country, yet Owen says that life is terrible at war especially in the trenches Paragraph Two In The Soldier Brooke promotes the glory of war and portrays death so a natural process. He sees it as a natural process because he believes that thoughts that fight for their country and die in war are honourable and are patriots to their country. He believes that where an English man dies while fighting for his country will fall and where they fall means that, that part of land is English.
He is the poet who wrote with most pathos, who started out as a follower of Keats and Shelley but toughened and tightened his language under the pressure of traumatic frontline experiences and who came to see it as his poetic task to warn of the horrors of war (Buelens & Claes 2013: 115). In this essay, I will discuss how Owen’s use of a variety or pervasive poetical techniques reinforces the bleak atmosphere of his poems, and how his poetry evolve... ... middle of paper ... ...: More Recent Period.” English Literature II. Historical Survey: More Recent Period. 2013. 113-115.
Lord Tennyson was the poet Laureate at the time of the Crimean war, but did not witness any fighting and was not involved in it but his clever and effective use of literary devices in his poem ensure that this military fiasco was remembered as a glorious victory. Tennyson puts across a message to remember, respect and honour the soldiers for what they have given up their lives to do for their country. “Dulce et Decorum est” however, was writt... ... middle of paper ... ... suggesting that the writers of glorious war poems have even lied to the young people, and sent them to the front line to die in their millions, in awful conditions and distressing situations. Having explored both poems, I feel that the one which brings about the biggest response from me is “Dulce et Decorum est”. This is because of the striking graphic imagery he uses, the way he describes the effects of the war on him, and also because of the way he directs the poem at the reader personally, using phrases such as “you” and “my friend”.
The poem states that he went to war for “a lonely impulse of delight” and he did not care about any “cheering crowds” or “duty”. He did not see any meaning or point in the past, future or present and saw it all as a “waste of breath”. Wilfred Owen however is against war for a different reason: the needless deaths that are inevitably going to take place. He was a soldier in the Manchester regiment in World War 1 and had experienced the horrors of trenches first hand. After going through t... ... middle of paper ... ...their own choice and the picture painted in your head after reading the first two lines is not a pretty one (being shot down in the air an crash landing to your death).
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.
The two poets got on well and had the same ideas. It is clear they rip apart the systems in place in the war. However Owen persists at how poorly the soldiers were treated while Sassoon concentrates on how the officers were treated – well. These pieces of poetry are extremely good and represent a very hard time for England. It is a shame not more people wrote down their thoughts through poetry because it is a sharp and piercing way of telling something.
ESSAY ON 3 WAR POEMS No man wants to go to war and no government wants war but there are many different circumstances that lead to the action of war. Those involved in war will have political and personal views towards it. The First World War was greeted with great enthusiasm and patriotism; however it was the war in which millions died compared to the wars after. In the past 200 years warfare has changed and with this change the ideas on war have changed too. Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and David Roberts are well known war poets.
Although the aftermath of World War I was devastating to many, it did bring the literature world some of the most important work of the modernist era. Many of the writers were directly or indirectly affected by the war and their writing certainly showed this. Each writer’s work shows a view of the war from a different perspective. However, what they most have in common is they way they paint the war in a negative light. T.S.