He wrote about the true horrors of war, often carping about and chastising people such as generals, politicians, and churchmen who blindly supported the war and ignored the brutalities that people would face. After he was wounded in action, he openly protested the military and wrote a letter refusing to fight anymore. He was hospitalized in 1917 instead of being court-martialed after a fellow poet stepped in saying he was sick. He continued to write after this and published many poems, including How to Die. Based on the poem Dulce et Decorum Est and How to Die, it is not
May Herschel Clarke 's 1917 poem 'The Mother" is an allusion to Rupert Brooke 's "The Soldier," in which Brooke glorifies the soldier 's willing sacrifice for his country . On the other hand , the euphoric and jingoistic tone of Brooke 's "The Soldier" is opposed with the mournful and ironic tone of Herschel-Clarke 's "The Mother." In "The Mother," Herschel-Clarke conveys the grieving mother 's perspective to a soldier during the time of war and shows the trauma that she goes through while waiting the untimely death of her son .Unlike the speaker in Brooke 's poem, who gains peace and oblivion through his sacrifice, the speaker in Herschel-Clarke 's "The Mother" describes how the grieving mother addresses her son who fights in the battlefield to remind him that if he " should die, " , he should think of her as " That in some place a mystic mile away" there is someone whom he " loved has drained the bitter cup." Moreover , the Mother is going to face her bereavement and bitterness " One whom you loved has drained
Abstract : No area of human experience has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. In war people can face many contradictions like hope and fear. Exhilaration and humiliation: hatred –not only for the enemy but also generals , politician, and war-profiteers and love for fellow soldiers, for women and children left behind. Like Robert Brooke (1887-1915), Isaac Rosenberg(-1918), Siegfried Sassoon (1886 -1867) Edward Thomas (1878-1917), lvor Gurney (1880-1937) Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was 10 almost them who wrote about soldiers and war in such pettiness because he had developed increasingly energy feeling concerning the conduct of war. The paper highlights the poetry of Wilfred Owen which show the horrors of war In many of his poems Owen expressed his deep sorrow towards the war and soldiers.
Wilfred Owen, born 1893 in the UK, was a poet of World War 1. Owen hated the existence of war, but enlisted in 1915, leading him to write in great detail about the reality of the battlefield. After writing many poems, Owen died in 1918, two weeks before the end of World War 1. One of those poems was Dulce et Decorum Est, describing in great detail the sickening effects of a gas attack on soldiers. The title is taken from a quote from Horace Odes ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’, meaning ‘it is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country’.
Erich Maria Remarque, a World War I veteran, took his own personal war experience to paper, which resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed anti-war movement novels of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front. The voice of the novel, Paul Baumer, describes his daily life as a soldier during the First World War. Through the characters he creates in the novel, Remarque addresses his own issues with the war. Specifically, Remarque brings to light the idea of the “Iron Youth,” the living conditions in the trenches, and the sense of detachment soldiers feel, among other things. Therefore, All Quiet on the Western Front criticizes the sense of nationalism, which war tends to create among citizens by quickly diminishing any belief regarding it as a glorious and courageous act.
Thank you for that heartfelt pre-war speech Sergeant Erin McGrath. It is truly an honour to be invited to share my views and beliefs about poetry during the war. Poetry contains important emotions, images and memories hidden in a text. It is a puzzle of words put together waiting to be discovered with a desire to be heard. A majority of people already know and understand what war was like and what it meant to those who fought.
In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien expresses to the reader why the men went to the war and continued to fight it. In the first chapter, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien states “It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” The soldiers went to war not because they were courageous and ready to fight, but because they felt the need to go. They were afraid and coped with their lack of courage by telling stories (to themselves or aloud) and applied humor to the situations they encountered. The men who served in the Vietnam War were just barely men, some of them were just hitting the age twenty.
The poems “Suicide in the Trenches” by Siegfried Sassoon was written on 23rd febuary 1918 and “In fFanders Fields” by John McCrae was written on 2nd may 1915. In these poems war has been portayed in many different ways. One talks about the sorrows of the war whereas the other talks about the glorious side of the war. Both poems were written during World War 1. Siegfried Sassoon is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems of the First World War.
This beat mimics the pace of marching soldiers, but the outfall of the pattern highlights their faintness, as they are unable to march with an even beat. This continues to oppose to Brook’s poem, where entering the war was portrayed as a noble action, instead Owen deprives any association of glory with war, replacing it with resentment and frustration. Additionally, Owen expresses the emotional scars brought upon soldiers returning from war through a metaphor, comparing the horrific memories of war to “incurable sores on innocent tongues”, preventing them from recalling these memories. This is emphasized again, through the use of the word “smothering”, referring to the suffocation and inability to escape the horrid
Nitya Narayanan English SL 18/04/16 TPSESO – (Exposure) T Title. Pre-Reading I think that the poem ‘Exposure’ is about the mental torture that soldiers had to go through during war. The overlying idea of this poem is death, and that once you are caught in the vicious cycle of war, God can’t even save us from death because death is inevitable. At the end, nothing but death takes place in war. Post-Reading After further research, I learnt that this poem was about the soldiers getting exposed to several hardships during World War I, which were diseases, environmental disasters, poor sanitation facilities, and most importantly fighting enemies.
This illustrates the soldier 's selfishness since his scheme for the boots is quite inappropriate given the sick person 's situation (pg. 21). Lastly, Remarque incorporates a passage in which people faint while waiting to be served bones due to their lack of energy. The scene shows how the country is falling apart and could not provide its army with the basic necessities needed for keeping people alive and healthy. Remarque 's novel mainly focuses on telling terrifying stories that occurred in the war to show just how soldiers come out of war as
So many were disabled physically and psychologically, that they distanced themselves from older generations and those who did not serve in the war. Men that had missing limbs and parts of their face decimated were a common sight on the streets. The term “shell shocked” evolved from the end of the war and applied to men that had been severely affected to what they had seen and experienced while fighting in the Great War. Young and old men came back from the trenches with different personalities and views of the world. Erin Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front shocked and surprised people when it first came out because of it’s raw and universal portrayal of a soldier on the western front.
On page 190, it says “I didn’t see how they could find Sam guilty, he’d fought for three years, he’d risked his life, how could they decide to punish him for something he hadn’t done? It just didn’t make sense.” This shows that many people die unfairly. The general don’t care for their soldiers as much as they should. They don’t give any soldiers the justice they deserve. This is unfair to many families because their sons die without glory.
Even though their wars were about 60 years apart, both Paul and Jimmy Cross had to psychological scars from their experiences at war. Not even the deadliest weapons could save both soldiers from the devastating mental scars the war leaves on them. Both, “The Things They Carried,” and All Quiet on the Western Front illustrated the aspects of war that lead to post traumatic stress disorder, that many soldiers still experience today. Sometimes there is no choice of the weapons a soldier is given to fight with, but the mental toleration of the horrors of war can be obtained by
On top of that he had to kill to survive. Many American teenagers complain that they hate their life because their parents took their phones away for the weekend and/or their closet does not have enough clothing in it. Beah’s childhood makes our childhoods seem like paradise. It is important for American teens to read this novel because then they can understand how grateful they should be for the things they have. Beah had to undergo war, and that had many negative effects which some privileged teens would say only happens in books.