camaraderie Essay

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Discuss the presentation of camaraderie in Birdsong and Apologia. Which is more effective and why? Camaraderie, in both Birdsong and Apologia pro Poemate Meo, is an important theme because it concentrates on some of the most essential aspects of the war; the idea of togetherness and commitment to the brotherhood for soldiers. Furthermore, its seems that the presentation of camaraderie was more effective in Birdsong, as Faulks employs a way of reaching out to the readers simply because he talks directly about the impact of war in relation to the idea friendship. He, therefore, allows the reader to become further engaged with the text. In this essay I will hope to examine how structure, language and form assist in either making Apologia pro Poemate Meo more or less effective as a poem compared to that of Birdsong. In Apologia pro Poemate Meo, by Wilfred Owen, Owen is apologising to the soldiers who he did not realise he needed till the end. Yet, at the same time he is thanking them for their bravery. Alternatively he tries to portray to readers the feeling of lost emotions, which the soldiers sense at the war front with other soldiers (or ‘brothers’). This suggests the soldiers were now isolated from the people on the home front and more connected with the soldiers on the war front, as if they were brothers. In Apologia pro Poemate Meo, Owen continually makes the reader feel associated to his message of comradeship. This is clearly interpreted through his language, where he repeatedly mentions the use of ‘I’ at the beginning of four of his stanzas. The repetition of ‘I’ may demonstrate that camaraderie was not forever and that soldiers eventually became individuals. Alternatively, one could argue that Owen in fact was trying to portray how soldiers went into war alone and became close to other soldiers – soon enough forming a brotherhood. Yet, it can not
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