Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen's Views Of World War I In Literature

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Due to the vast growth and spread of education in Britain in the decades prior to World War I British citizens to include soldiers of all walks of life were literate. With an overall literate community when World War I began and caused such mass devastation many took to pen and paper to express their thought and document their individual experiences as well as tell the story of others (“World War I in Literature,” n.d.). Many women and men begin to document their stories during and after World War I. Katherine Mansfield said "I feel in the profoundest sense that nothing can ever be the same -- that, as artists, we are traitors if we feel otherwise: we have to take it into account and find new expressions, new moulds for our thoughts and feelings." (Sicard 2015). The war produced a new surge of literary production. Poets like Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Ivor Gurney shaped a new practice of poetry. These poets spoke of the great terrors of warfare. Descriptions like the “monstrous anger of the guns” and the “shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells” were written by Owen to described World War I in his poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth. These writers sought to describe the reality of war to the general population at home and documented what a catastrophic occurrence World War I had on world history and literacy. During and after the war, literature and poetry turn out to be the main way that people learned of the experiences of war (Lynch 2015). World War I devastated

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