Modern Poetry

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fight For Your County
The way that Brooke describes the beauty of England and the war is another way he tries to encourage people. I feel that this is one of the biggest ways that a poet or leader can motivate someone, by glorifying something that is ugly and terrifying. The second stanza of the poem really idealizes England as a beautiful place, even though during this time England is overwhelmed with war. “ A body of England’s, breathing English air, washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home” (Brooke 7-8). Brooke does a good job throughout the whole poem describing England as a place good place to be even though there is a war going on. The tone and the word usage throughout the entire poem is the way he is able to make the poem as uplifting as it really is. Throughout the poem Brooke uses words and phrases such as: “Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home (Brooke 8), all evils shed away (Brooke 9), dreams happy as her day (Brooke 12), laughter and gentleness (Brooke 12), hearts at peace and heaven (Brooke 14). The use of these words and statements when read or heard brings a sense happiness and relief about a subject and situation that at this time is something not taken very lightly or and easy subject to talk about. The next stanza describes a gas attack. The men try to get their masks on in time, trying to survive the attack, “Dime through the misty panes and think green light,” (Owen 10). The terror of this stanza though is the next line, while the one soldier is sitting there with his gas mask on, he watches his fellow brother in arms “grown in a green sea.” The image depicted here by Owen is one of the horrendous one could imagine. Watching your friend die a very agonizing death has to be one of the worst experiences anyone would have to go through in life. If watching your friend and soldier guy was not bad enough the last stanza goes on to describe the death of the fallen soldier in a very ugly description. He tells us how that...
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