Preview

Three Great War Poems and Explanation How They Criticize War.

Good Essays
Open Document
Open Document
730 Words
Grammar
Grammar
Plagiarism
Plagiarism
Writing
Writing
Score
Score
Three Great War Poems and Explanation How They Criticize War.
The Great War (28 July,1914-11 November,1918), also known as The First World War, was one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 millions people were killed and much more were injured. It shocked the whole world and, on the other hand, became an inspiration for many writers. The aim of poetry were: to stop spreading violence among people, to finish the cruel war, and to make people aware of all consequences of fighting. The three great examples of such works are, in my opinion: Siegfried Sassoon’s “The General”, Isaac Rosenberg’s “Break of Day in The Trenches” and Wilfred Owen’s “Anthem for Doomed Youth”. The first of them, “The General” presents the criticism of getting benefits from being a soldier – here, the lyrical character is a general who is most likely not a real soldier, he does not take part in the battle and only says:”Good morning” to his subordinates, but because of his rank will be probably praised by the government. This poem shows the comfortable position of those people who are in charge and not necessarily see the cruelty and death of thousands of soldiers. The general does not care about them, he is not depressed as others, because he does not have to look at dying in the front lines men. Line 4 suggests his incompetence which causes that many soldiers have no chance to survive on the battlefield: decisions made by the general have nothing in common with the situation there. The whole poem criticizes the lack of competence of people in charge which leads to the death of many “heroes” who sacrifice themselves to defend their countries.
As the title suggests, Isaac Rosenberg creates the picture of soldiers fighting with enemy from behind the trenches. One of them is also the author himself (the poem was written in the trench), who is describing alone man talking to a rat. The soldier wants to visit German and British troops, knowing that it would end with his execution. The poem does not present a glorious and heroic status of being a

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    The poet glorifies war and glory and seduces men to the idea of it, but in reality they are just skeletons. They're seduced to their deaths.…

    • 402 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the first stanza, the first two lines of the poem are, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks/Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge”. This represents the men bent over carrying their belongings through the mud. They are being compared to as old beggars & hags, (miserable ugly old women). However, these men were young. In the third and forth lines, “Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs/And towards our distant rest began to trudge”, represents the tired soldiers heading back to camp. In the fifth and six lines, “Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots/But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;” this shows how tired the men were as if they were marching in their sleep. Many have lost their boots and their feet are bleeding. In the seventh and eighth line, “Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots/Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.” This shows that the soldiers are so tired and can’t get away from the explosives that are falling behind them.…

    • 857 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    World War one was a brutal ordeal that caused an abundance of death of 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians. The tragic event left surviving victims emotionally traumatized from life-threatening experiences, poets dealt with their personal experiences and perspectives of war in different ways. Alfred Lord Tennyson, a Poet Laureate that worked during Queen Victoria’s reign, famously wrote The Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. The poem was written to memorialize the 637 British men that fought bravely in the virtually suicidal battle against the Russians in the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War (1854-1886). Tennyson perceives war to be glorifying and valiant, this is evident through the use of an exhilarating tone and langue.…

    • 452 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    War Poetry Analysis

    • 880 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The government tried conscriptions, which backfired on them greatly. Protests started and the people were standing up against the war. The battles may have been fought by soldiers, but the war was played by politicians. This war showed that it didn’t bring disgrace to your family if you didn’t fight, but rather showed your ability to keep up what the politicians were spouting; and in some cases if you went to war people would disrespect you for that choice. The history behind these two poems are overwhelmed with war and all its horrors.…

    • 880 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Strong use of imagery is characteristic of both poems to position readers to accept their attitude. “The Soldier” conjures a pleasant scene of the English countryside to evoke a patriotic feeling, that fighting for England is expected of a man. Brookes speaks of the glory and honour of war and of the nobility of fighting and dying for England: “In…

    • 899 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    The beginning of the poem starts out very depressing, the soldier talks as if they are old men on their death beds. ""Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge"(2), this line implies how miserable the soldier 's are, their sick, weak, and enduring unbearable conditions. They are walking toward their camp, which the poem tells us is quite a distance away. But they are so tired they are sleeping as they walk toward the camp. These men don 't even have sufficient clothing, some have lost their boots and most are covered in blood. "Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots / Of tried, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind"(6-7). This line tells us that these men are so exhausted they have become numb to the war and blood-shed around them. The soldier 's have become numb to the 5.9 inch caliber shells flying by their heads, the bombs bursting behind them, and their fallen comrades body 's lying next to them.…

    • 569 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    After the Great War had ended, a beauty had emerged from the the vast fields of ruins that were left behind. People had lost all their possessions and families from the war so all they had to turn to was poetry. The poems that were written by soldiers that had fought in war was not about the war heros and the greatness it brought, but yet instead of the great beast that this war was. This was told by Siegfried Sassoon. The other half of the war that was not being fought by the women, was told by May Wedderburn Cannan.…

    • 874 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Finally figuring out that it was a horse the men are to fearful to run out to help it. “How do you call a horse,” one solder asks while in the trenches the whole platoon starts whistling for this horse. The horse of coarse is Joey caught in a barbwire fence used to keep out the enemy. This scene is nothing like the poem. The Poem does not give any hope like this scene from “War Horse” gave.…

    • 818 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    War and poetry have been linked for hundreds of years. The function of poetry in war is to aid the memory and convey details of war. Over the centuries it became a way in which people could communicate not only stories but also ideas and emotions in an imaginative and expressive way. One characteristic of the link between poetry and war has remained: Throughout the history of war, poems have provided a commentary on what people, communities and nations do.…

    • 3908 Words
    • 16 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Through the repetition and rhymes in the poem, a reader’s attention is drawn towards the dangerous aspects of the battle. Tennyson’s vivid descriptions reveal just how terrifying the scene of war is whether a soldier is in the fight or just examining the field of a battle soon to come. The courage, honor, and loyalty of the everyday soldiers are demonstrated by their fearless charging and their following of orders without question. This poem was written to honor the soldiers of the battle who had their lives cut short through the pettiness and incompetence of their leaders. This soldier’s of this battle were seen as failures in the eyes of their country's inhabitants due to their defeat at the hands of the Russians. If there was more communication and clear directions would there have been a need to have the bravery of soldiers defended through a…

    • 1903 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    The poem by Wilfred Owen “Dulce et Decorum Est” was written by the poet after his first hand experience of the trenches during WWI, and gives us a small insight to what life in the trenches, during war, was actually like. It gives us a very negative horrific view of war, and is definitely a very anti-war poem. The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson however, is very pro-war with far more focus being put on the heroism and bravery of the men at war, rather than the death and horror of war, and as a result, gives us an almost romantic view of war. “The soldier” by Rupert Brooke also gives us a similar…

    • 1701 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Almost all of the poetry written during WW1 was written while the soldiers were on the front lines. Pre-1914 poetry however, was written by poets back in England. Education really developed during the Victorian times and poets were able to read about the wars going on in other countries. New newspapers and magazines were published, inspiring writers and poets to write about the battles. Even though this was a positive thing, the poets of…

    • 2308 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    World War one can be classified as a highly literary war. Some of the greatest pieces of poetry and prose are a direct result of this horrific catastrophe. Larkin returned to the war, fifty years after it had concluded to convey his sentiments on the subject. Larkin entitled the poem, MCMXIV. These are the roman numerals used to represent 1914; the year the war was initiated.…

    • 900 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Although WW I and WW II poems have the same theme, which is war, we can see how they have many differences. To begin with, all WWI poems seem to focus on the battles of the war itself and the horrifying experiences the soldiers have to cope with. WWII poems have a more deep approach, they have a more psychological point of view and usually the poems are set before or after a battle. In these poems the battlefield is not the main focus of the poem, but the feeling or ideas of the speaker itself. Another great difference between these two group of poems is that WWI poems speak solely about the speaker and the army he's a part of, in the contrary in WWII poems like "Vergissmeinnicht” we can see the psychological factor of the poem, when the speaker…

    • 393 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Great War of 1914-1918 produced some outstanding poets, those who had experienced exactly what had happened during those dreadful times on the front line, even those who had died in action. Two of these amazing poets were Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.…

    • 270 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays