Comparison Of Poetry And All Quiet On The Western Front

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Poetry and “All Quiet On the Western Front” Compare and Contrast World War I, it is a part of our history. Something that can never be changed, yet it changed everything for the people involved. It did not only change the daily lives of people, it changed the way people thought about war. Everything from poems to books were changed due to World War I. May Wedderburn Cannan, who was a nurse, knew how deadly wounds were on the battlefield. “During World War I, Cannan volunteered with the Oxford Voluntary Aid Detachment and helped publish government propaganda with Clarendon Press. She spent a month in Rouen, France in 1915 volunteering at a railway canteen for soldiers, an experience that inspired her most famous poem, “Rouen.” When the Armistice was declared, Cannan was working for MI5 in Paris.” (“May Wedderburn Cannan”). Cannan wrote many poems aside from “Rouen,” with one being “After the War”. The poem gives an insight to women of World War I and how they longed to hear their loved one’s voice. The poem tells a story about a woman who grows weary thinking of what she and her loved one used to do together. She longs to hear his voice and is praying for the time the country is not at war, better known as peacetime. In chapter 5 of our novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Muller and the men discuss peacetime, and how they will spend their time after the war. Many of the men, such as Kropp and Paul are youthful and realize they have the bare minimum to return home to,

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