Harold Frederic, a journalist for The New York Times praised the story 's originality, saying, "The Red Badge impels the feeling that the actual truth about a battle has never been guessed before" (Merrill). However, not all the reactions were positive: some critics were disturbed by Crane 's young age, disapproved of his poor grammar, and found his gruesome imagery troubling, instead of impressive. The most negative and notorious criticism of the novel came from General Alexander McClurg, who bashed the novel as "a vicious satire upon American soldiers and American armies", further berating Crane 's work for his lack of patriotism (Owens). Ultimately, however, by the following year, Crane 's novel was in eighth place on the international bookseller 's list ("Critical Reception…"). Henceforward, Stephen Crane 's The Red Badge of Courage became one the most famous war novels of
Amongst some of the greatest teachers of poetry in the 20th century it is not surprising that Theodore Roethke would be one of the names that is normally quoted. Some of the greatest American poets of the late 20th century have been inspired by his common theatrical classroom style and his passion. Suffering from a spells mental illness that were undiagnosed, Roethke also has an obsession for a lust for life. Although Roethke wrote many diverse body of works, it was "The Waking." that won him 1954 Pulitzer Prize for his poetry Some of his other works famous literature includes "Open House" and "The Far Field."
Siegfried Sassoon’s “Repression of War Experience” is rises above other contemporary poems of its time because it brings to light the world of the shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of World War One and shares it with the public in a way that inspires compassion but is also damning to those who would continue for their blind praise for a war that took so many lives. Sassoon’s description of being in a convalescence home brings the reality of what he was experiencing to light for those he would accuse of being so ignorant to the reality that lurked across the English Channel. During the poem Sassoon describes the house where he is convalescing briefly. “Books; what a jolly company they are/ Standing so quiet and patient on their shelves/, Dressed in dim brown, and black, and white, and green/And every kind of colour. Which will you read?/Come on; 0 do read something; they’re so wise/I tell you all the wisdom of the world/ Is waiting for you on those shelves.” Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon’s “Repression of War Experience” is rises above other contemporary poems of its time because it brings to light the world of the shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of World War One and shares it with the public in a way that inspires compassion but is also damning to those who would continue for their blind praise for a war that took so many lives. Sassoon’s description of being in a convalescence home brings the reality of what he was experiencing to light for those he would accuse of being so ignorant to the reality that lurked across the English Channel. Sassoon describes the house that he is convalescing in briefly. “Books; what a jolly company they are/ Standing so quiet and patient on their shelves/, Dressed in dim brown, and black, and white, and green/And every kind of colour. Which will you read?/Come on; 0 do read something; they’re so wise/I tell you all the wisdom of the world/ Is waiting for you on those shelves.” Sassoon was sent to
But there were still critics that outwardly “condemned such openness” and Ignatow had not kept up his guard. Because of the raw emotion Ignatow expressed in his poems, Ignatow had not put on a mask, allowing for critics to aim at his unguarded heart. Many of Ignatow’s early works were heavily criticized because this ideal that a poet needed to put a mask on in order to hide the dark emotions of a story. Soon, however, Ignatow grew to ignore the criticism of his works but he also grew apart from his immature style and hatred for materialistic values. As his personal maturity grew, his poetry also matured.
The line “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” translates to “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country,” it is used in the contexts of the poem that nothing is what it seems. War was depicted as all glory and honor; when in reality it was filled with horror and endless bloodshed. Simerly the way I feel torn between the choices of pleasing others and being myself. Oftentimes things can disguise themselves as something positive by the way people talk about it. War is not and never will be a positive thing.
World War One was nothing like the roaring twenties that followed close behind. This war may not have taken place on the great soil of the United States, but it did affect everyone all over the world. The war especially had an enormous effect on those who lived on the fighting soil, but mainly those who served in the war and lived to tell about it. Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas are only two of the several World War One poets who expressed their experiences through their poetry. Although the reader of their poetry can distinguish several differences between the two poets, one will also notice that they both also shared similarities within their poetry.
Undoubtedly , WW1 was the first utmost military conflict in the modern times that has evoked variety of literary responses which reflect the sociopolitical and psychological background of that time and are considered as vital part of the historical and cultural memory of WW1 . War poetry has provided us with variety of images of the war and the battlefield by men who have experienced the reality of war face-to-face. On the other hand, women knew from the beginning that the war was going to be a great tragedy not only for men who were enlisted in the army , but also for women on the homefront who battled against the fear and horror aroused by WW1 . Women 's voices of agony, anger and anguish have emerged from the shadows of marginalization during WW1 to express their anti-war attitude. Women 's poetry of WW1 mirrors the 'new ' roles that women took during WW1 and shows the connection between men in the battlefield and
Owen was taken out of the war where he began writing poems. He wrote his poems to show both his anger at the cruelty and waste of war. (BBC) Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war.
At the beginning of the First World War the characteristic response to it was that to serve in the war was a matter of duty. Poetry was written in order to express a sense of honor and to celebrate the glories of war. Rupert Brooke writes in his poem “The Soldier”: “If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field /That is forever England” (Larkin, The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse, 213).This poem is a romantic sonnet and is patriotic which celebrates the values of the liberal culture of Brooke and his contemporaries which sees death as a sacrifice. Wilfred Owen who came to maturity during the War found in the very heart of the battle his inspiration and subject matter. In a preface to his poems, he declared: “My subject is War and the pity of War.