At this time some poetry was written to encourage men to go and fight, poets like Jessie Pope who wrote war poetry enforced this view although other poets were had a different view of the fighting, such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. These poems were written about (and at the same time as), World War I, between 1914 and 1918. In these barbaric four years 7 million men died and 17 million men were injured. World war one devastated lives. But citizens back home had no way of knowing what this war was like, especially on the front line.
How does Wilfred Owen Show the horrors of the First World War in his poem Dulce et decorum est? Wilfred Owen was the author of “Dulce et decorum est”. He was born on 18th march 1897. He started writing his poems of which only five were published in a field hospital after doctors had encouraged him to as part of his shellshock treatment. His aim was to shed light on what the conditions of were like in “War to end all wars” and its trench-warfare.
The novel shoes the misery of war and the everlasting effects it has on the soldiers; even Baumer cannot escape those circumstances. Before the war Baumer was a nice, empathetic, and gentle person but the war has him almost disconnected from his feelings. He becomes numb to the evil surrounding him. His friends are quickly lost to the cruelty and horror of war. Some died a quick death while others died a slow, painful death, showing the reality of war.
Paul’s display of grief is emotionally charged, but much different than his first display of his feelings on the war where everyone was full of pride and arrogance. Not only did the thoughts of these men change, but the deadly gruesome reality of the war gripped their thoughts.
Anthem For Doomed Youth is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the realities of war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during WW1 and therefore understands fully the true experiences of war. He was against war and was appalled by the effects of war on people and their families. The purpose of the poem is to inform the public of the true realities of war and how young men where dying needlessly. This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true.
Owen on the other hand, shows how the reality was quite different; the young men were dyeing and deaths in the trenches. I believe that Owen wanted to open the eyes of the reader to what was really going on in the war to illustrate how vile and inhumane war really is. The first line sets the tone for the rest of the poem "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks". He uses the simile "like old beggars" to show how the average soldier was not being treated nobly or with respect but like someone the lowest class. It also shows how the young, vibrant boys who signed up had the life taken out of them by the war and were becoming "old" before their time.
World war one devastated lives and souls, time and space. But citizens back home had no way of knowing what war was capable of, without television or radio to communicate to them, they were only left to imagine the true horrors men were enduring. If people had reailsed the true extent and the horrors of what was actually happening, morale would have been severely detrimentally affected. These poems were created by the thoughts and feelings expressed by soldiers at battle. Propaganda was partially to blame for the young lives that were stolen by the war, because it encouraged men to actively volunteer for the dream of taking the empire to victory and in return recieve the pride of serving their country.
Not only does For the Fallen show aspects of emotive language and poetic techniques but it also shows imagery through stanza 3 with the quote “They fell with their faces to the foe” meaning that the soldiers in battle died with dignity and pride. It gives us the images of men dying in the faces of their enemies and that their triumphs will not go unnoticed in the eyes of the ‘mother’ country England. Glory of war is shown through Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Dead” with the use of emotive language which is seen in stanza 1 line 7 “That men call age; and those who would have been”. The quote plays on our emotions as it makes us feel despair for the young men who died in battle and how they died before the could become middle aged or old and live life the way we do now. Another example from the poem “The Dead” is “But, dying has made
Finally, Owen creates shocking descriptions that thoroughly describe and make the reader feel as though they were there during the horrific wartime events. Wilfred Owen presents ideas and argues the harsh reality of war; it is not a romantic notion but a truly gruesome and horrific affair and not as glorious as it is thought to be. An officer in the British Army during the early nineteenth century, Wilfred Owen wrote about his own experience and explained how the British press glorified what it really meant to be a soldier. The reality of war was the complete opposite of what it was perceived as. He explained that people would encourage you to fight yet to fight meant to sentence yourself to an unnecessary death.
How does Siegfried Sassoon create the theme of conflict in his poem The Hero? Siegfried Sassoon was an English poet, writer and soldier he was born on the 8th September 1886 and joined the British Army just as the threat of WWI was realised. He was promoted to a Lieutenant and then a Captain during his service in the war and was awarded the military cross for his courage. He was a brave solider and was nick named “mad jack” by officers he fought alongside for his near-suicidal exploits. He hated the conflict which he witnessed and started a protest which he went about through poetry.