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Impact of War on Poetry

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Introduction
Firstly, the background information needed to understand the problem is the context of the war stated in the poem, which is when and what happened during then. This report includes the impact of war on poetry and other information need to explore this particular problem. To gather the information needed to explore this particular problem, firstly, I would find out the context of the war mentioned in the poem, if not, I would find out more on the poet. Following on, I would use the information and put myself into the context or the author’s shoes. From there, I can analyse the poem better and thus find out the impact of war on poetry. Main text

In the poem “Hiroshima” written by Angela M. Clifton, not only depicts the scene during the atomic bombing on Hiroshima, but also the after effects and impacts felt by others after the bombing. During World War II, the Japanese invaded the other countries and caused many deaths and misery. Then, the atomic bomb landed on Hiroshima to put World War II to a stop and to signify that the Japanese needed to stop the war. The atomic caused many deaths in Hiroshima. The atomic bomb was of “inhumanity of man to man”, and I feel that all these misery and sufferings could be prevented, as it was the foolishness of man that brought sufferings to his own self. And then later mentioned in the poem, the future generations learned from the lesson of their ancestors’ futility. The impact of World War II (which is a cause of the Hiroshima bombing) is deeply felt in the Japanese as not only did they learn a lesson from their ancestors, they “inherited a sorrow” and will remember it. The lesson learnt is being expressed in the poem “Hiroshima”, and the poem still serves as a reminder to the Japanese what the ancestors had gone through because of World War II. Thus, World War II made an impact on the poem “Hiroshima”, and poetry can now serve as a reminder, rather than just depicting sceneries and objects. Another poem I would...