World War 1 Poetry Analysis

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Explore the ways in which war is represented in Shakespeare’s Henry V and a selection of World War One Poetry. In 1599, William Shakespeare wrote a play called “Henry V”. Within this play, there are two famous speeches that I would be exploring. This is “once more unto the breach” and “st Crispins day”. Furthermore, I would be exploring a varieties of world war one poems to compare how war is presented in different viewpoints. In Henry V Shakespeare ‘once more unto the breach’ speech, shows war to create hero’s that are confident, whereas the poem ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ shows hero’s to be scared and vulnerable. He makes war sound very patriotic. He say ‘close the wall up with our English dead’. He is saying that they are willing to die for their country and proud to be a part of England and supporting them. He also mention the word ‘English’ throughout his speech reminding the soldiers to fight for your country and remind them of why they are fighting. And at the end of his speech he cries ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George’. Shakespeare shows war to be an achievement and to be an importance to be part of Henry V gave a famous speech to encourage his soldiers…show more content…
Simplistic language is used throughout the whole poem to show the innocence of the child and simplicity of him. The writer tries to make out it is about him making it personal to him by saying ‘I knew a simple solider boy’ this could tell the reader that he is a young boy who was fairly contented with his own life with not many worries. The use of the noun “boy”, rather than “soldier”, helps to make the youth sound predominantly young and susceptible. He also doesn’t use the name which could be thought as that they had to keep the ones who have died anonymous so the actual reality doesn’t sink in. For example in this quotation ‘who grinned at life in empty joy’ this is a juxtaposition of ‘empty
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