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The Development of War Poetry Throughout Ww1

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The development of war poetry throughout WW1 was influenced by many different incidents. Many of the soldiers developed friendships with each other based on the amount of time they spent together in the trenches. One of the reasons soldiers developed such strong comradeships that lasted even after the war, was due to the amount of horror and bloodshed they had witnessed together, furthermore the shared experience of suffering and hardship led to strong companionship and their experiences affected what they wrote about in their poems. Many of the men wrote poetry as a mean of expressing their despair as their situation and possible fate. In order to express my view over this I will be comparing and contrasting three different poems by Rupert Brooks, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

The poem ‘The Soldier’ written by Rupert Brooke gives a strong and patriotic feeling to all of it’s readers, it tells us about all that England had given them, that they should fight for their country in return. It also glorifies the heroism of the English soldiers who fought in the war and tells you that there is a larger picture to consider and war is not always started because of reasons of the government. Brooks speaks in favor of the war and states that the ‘richer dust’ that is concealed in the ground that sinks into the already rich earth is from those soldiers who fought in the war. He uses this metaphor to decipher that the soldiers should be proud and England will be proud of them for fighting for their country. Another poetic device used in the poem is that he personifies England, talking about “her” like a mother looking after all the soldiers, ‘A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware.’ This is also in reference to ‘richer dust’ and it justifies that England has made the soldiers who they are and that they should return the favor by fighting for her. The use of alliteration in ‘foreign fields’ adds a flowing, enjambment style to the stanza as the “flowers” of...