Essay on The poem Who's for the game.

Essay on The poem Who's for the game.

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The poem Who's for the game.

"Who would much rather come back with a crutch, than lie low and be
out of the fun?"

Throughout the poem "Who's for the game", Jessie Pope convinces many
soldiers to go to war by asking questions in every stanza. "Who's for
the game, the biggest thetas played, the red crashing game of a
fight?", she asks the reader in an excited tone, allowing the soldier
to have a very positive effect on war. 'Who wants to play in this
fight?', as if to say that the idea of war was nothing more than a
boxing game, which was a common sport in the era of world war two.
Most classes (even those who were rich) had more or less of an idea on
the rules concerning this particular sport, and were familiar with it.
The proposed idea of war being similar to boxing gives the reader (who
would have usually been a man in his youth) a sense of security, as he
would have seen war as a game where you can lose but retry until the
battle is won. Jessie Pope travels down a steady line of false hope in
this poem.

Wilfred Owen takes a rather different approach to his poems, through
his structure and style. His four stanzas each represent different
views, the first one being the overall image and scenery," Bent
double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock kneed.". Owen uses this
simile 'like old beggars', to portray the soldiers like hags, making
them seem week, poor and vulnerable to disease. His second stanza
shows what the consequences of war can be, in contrast to Pope's
"crutches", he tells of his comrade being suffocated by chlorine gas.
There is one thing that Owen talks about that is not mentioned in
Pope's poem - death. The third stanza shows Owen's past experience,
and the final stanza which is lar...


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...lie low
and be out of the fun", "Who thinks he'd rather sit tight" she
questions their masculinity. Every man would rather fight that be
labelled 'woman'. Pope summarises that war is just a big game, where
you win and celebrate.

The final personal message that Owen sends, unlike Pope, is that he
has had enough of war. He has turned his back on it and given up. "Of
tired outstripped five nines..", he suggests even the bombs are tired,
a good use of personification. Words in the first stanza such as,
"fatigue", "limped" and "distant rest" all give us the feeling that
everybody is tired and sick of fighting. They want to get back to
their "distant" homes. Owens last line really adds to his final
conclusion of war;

"The old lie, "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori",

meaning 'You should die for you home country', is nothing more than a
falsification.

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Essay on The poem Who's for the game.

- The poem Who's for the game. "Who would much rather come back with a crutch, than lie low and be out of the fun?" Throughout the poem "Who's for the game", Jessie Pope convinces many soldiers to go to war by asking questions in every stanza. "Who's for the game, the biggest thetas played, the red crashing game of a fight?", she asks the reader in an excited tone, allowing the soldier to have a very positive effect on war. 'Who wants to play in this fight?', as if to say that the idea of war was nothing more than a boxing game, which was a common sport in the era of world war two....   [tags: English Literature]

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