Pity And Humanistic Values Of War Poems By Wilfred Owen And Siegfried Sassoon

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Accounts of the World War I were written by British soldiers who had not only experienced and witnessed traumatic events in battle but also depicted them in poetry and prose which suppose to be explored the humanistic values to the readers. Among those works, war poems are spelled out the futility and agony of war in highly intensive way. The paper tries to elucidate the pity and humanistic values of war poems through the select works of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Artistic creation is one of the best of reflecting reality and, at the same time, of perceiving and apprehending it; it is also one of the strongest levelers of influencing the development of humanity. By emphasizing the authentic and pragmatic details of war life of soldiers…show more content…
English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Neither it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except war. Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Yet these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They maybe to the next. All a poet can do today is warning. That is why true Poets must be truthful” -- Wilfred Owen, from a preface to a planned book of his poetry…show more content…
War is one of the basic aspects of present history and it makes history more interesting. War is the greatest of all the evils invented by humanity; but for countries war matters a lot. There are a lot of differences between the words ‘humanity’ and the people of a particular ‘country’. Since a country makes up for a political entity, it never accepts the domain of humanitarian generosity. War has always caused the deepest remorse and suffering in human history. Almost all the societies, from ancient to the modern times, have undergone the trauma of war and its related pains. The zenith of such destructive force of war was seen in the twentieth century with two massive world wars which rattled the globe and effected unmeasured casualties of all possible kind. The western countries and societies experienced the intense consequences of war in a far reaching scale from the beginning of the World War I to the 1960s. The period from the starting of the World War I to the post-World War II got the attention of the writers, especially poets, playwrights, novelist, artists and other literary critics, since the particular age (1915-1960) was marked by the sufferings caused by the wars, which penetrated into the inner psyche of the

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