Essay on How WW1 Changed British Literature

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World War One began on July 28, 1914 and ended with the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918. The war cost a total of one hundred eighty-six billion dollars. The total casualties of the war were thirty-seven million, with another eleven million civilian casualties. The British Empire alone lost over three million people in the war. (English) World War One effected the whole world- the heartache and bloodshed changed politics, economics, and public opinion. This war changed people's lives, but it also changes their way of thinking and their way of writing. After World War One British literature was changed from simple stories to a more realistic and meaningful approach to life.
Nineteenth century England is what most historians
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Charles Dickens was the reason that the new spirit of realism came along in the nineteenth century. Dickens's novels of contemporary life exhibit an amazing ability to create living characters. Also, Dickens is known for his different style of humor and parody. Thomas Hardy wrote about other people’s encounters with fate and circumstances, his outlook on life seems pessimistic when you read most of his novels. “Wells's novels often seem to be sociological investigations of the ills of modern civilization rather than self-contained stories.” (English) H.G. Wells wrote novels based on his experiences in life, he wrote about what he thought would go wrong or what was wrong with the society that he was surrounded by.
Poets of the nineteenth century tried to tell stories through poetry. They also experimented with perspective and character. “‘Amours de Voyage’ is a long epistolary poem that tells the story of a failed romance through letters written by various characters.” (Abrams) “Amours de Voyage” is an example of how Victorian poets tried to play with their characters. Victorian poets tried to make their story come alive by using great detail, this way the reader could draw a visual picture from the words on the paper. This picture that the author creates carries the emotion of the entire poem. The sound that a poem had during this time made all the difference. The way that a poet used alliteration, emphasis and different vowel sounds
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