He said his main concern was ‘war and the pity of war’ He felt it was his responsibility as a poet to tell the truth and bring to light to atrocities of modern warfare, in a way others could or would not. Once he had properly experienced war his poetry became a form of education, he wanted to expose the belief war was good and noble and prove wrong the propaganda that bombarded Britain. No knowledge, imagination or military training could properly prepare Owen for the reality of war and the suffering of front line experience it brought along with it. Within twelve days of arriving in France the ‘easy-going’ chatter of his letters turned to a ‘cry of anguish’. ‘The Sentry’ was written by Owen when he was receiving treatment at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh in 1917, finished in September later that year whilst in France.
Kantorek often calls them the iron youth because he describes their efforts as brave and heroic. As a member of the Second Company, Paul has doubts in his choices when his classmate Joesph Behm is one of the first to die when enlisted in war. To make matters worst, Paul’s friend Kemmerich loses his leg and has a slow and painful death. Paul then has the burden of telling Kemmerich’s mom of her son’s death, especially when she confides in him to watch over her son during the war. As the war continues, the leader of the Second Company Himmelstoss is disliked by many of the soldiers because of his harsh tactics and insensible actions.
Gareth Parker 31/01/2013 Compare contrasting attitudes to war through examining the work of two or three poets from your war poetry anthology. The First World War was portrayed as a celebrated and plausible cause, fighting the war for your country was deemed as the duty of any capable man. Going into battle was the highest honour a man could have; men were overwhelmed with the idea of being able to fight for their country’s futures. Women would at first, try anything they could to stop their husbands and sons from risking their lives by signing up for the war. 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.
Chang, Chieh-peng Eng68 4:45 6-2-10 Assignment#6 In the two songs, “Yellow Ledbetter” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” are common in meaning and first person use. The meaning of these two songs are in common is both of them are anti-war. Both of them are trying to tell the reader that war is bad. One of the important messages is that Dylan writes, “Yes, ‘n’ how many death will it take till he knows / That too many people have died?” This message is very clear that Dylan thinks people still do not realize that war is pointless. We lost too many lives because of war.
The theme of ‘’Dulce et decorum est’’. Has been established form the very first line ‘’ Bent double like old beggars under sacks’’, is a metaphor established to convey there’s no nobility and honor in war or fighting for your country. Here the poet has made an illusion to Homers poem ‘’The Iliad’’, which talks about the nobility of dying in war. But instead the author has written the poem to accurately describe the misery and terror soldiers had to live with, he wanted people to see the real truth behind war and stop them from telling future generations the ‘’old lie’’ that it is sweet and honorable to die for ones country. ‘‘Who’s for the game?’’ is attempting to evoke the opposite to the above; the poem refers to dying in battlefields as glorious and impressive.
Hardy in ‘The Man He Killed’ is trying to tell us how war is futile as men are killed just because they are on opposing sides. The poem, compared to ‘Drummer Hodge,’ is much more retrospective. Hardy uses a dramatic monologue throughout the poem, making the poem itself much more personal and leaving a larger impression on the reader, whereas Drummer Hodge is written in the third person; this allows Hardy to describe the treatment of the dead
But was it a "just war," an "unjust war" or some combination of both? This paper will try to answer that question. Before we can apply the principles of just or unjust war to the struggle in America in the 1860s, we have to find out what the terms mean. They are philosophical, and people have been wrestling with them since ancient times. War itself has a very specific definition, which it is useful to mention here because we have to know what war is before we can determine whether or not it is just.
the poem is a narrative account, focused of the fathers perspective of an accident involving his son that brings back memories of his past. Vernon Scannell uses the nettles as a way of reflecting his military past. the nettles are personified as an opposing force. Scannell shows his anger towards the nettles by describing the nettles as a 'regiment of spite', this shows the nettles are like an army attacking the speakers son. The word 'regiment' suggests an efficient army but the word 'spite' makes it sound as if the nettles are malicious.
Dulce et decorum est is a poem by Wilfred Owen written during world war I, while he was in the trenches. The title is the first part of a quotation by Horace’s Odes: “Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori” that means “It’s sweet and honourable to die for your country” but the whole poem aims at contradicting the title. His style is experimental in fact he uses the free verse. In the first stanza Owen describes the subject, that are the soldiers, through similies such as “Old beggars” and “Hags” because he wants to show us anti-heroic figures, going against the propaganda that encourages young men to go fighting and dying for their country preaching the ideals of nationalism, glory and courage. Owen describes us horrible and degraded scenes of the real life in war and he adds emphasis using allitterations: of the b in the first line Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, of the kn in the second, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, of the m in the fifth, Men marched asleep.
We know this because as we read on we find out that he kills Tybalt and Paris to be with Juliet. This is also similar to the poem “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke. This is because the poem is all about his love for his country, just like Romeo’s love for Juliet, and that he will always fight if it is for his country and that fighting is the right thing to do because there is a reason behind it. It is like the love that Brooke has for his country has blinded him, just like Romeo’s love for Juliet has blinded him and he will do anything to be with her. Mercutio, from “Romeo and Juliet”, thinks that conflict is needed to support his honor and to make people think he is not a ‘wimp’.