The Tradition Of War Poetry Essay

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The Tradition Of War Poetry

By comparing and contrasting a selection of war poems consider the ways in which attitudes to war have been explored and expressed. When considering poetry written post 1900 concentrate on a selection of poems written by Wilfred Owen.

Humans have turned to poetry in many different instances as a way of expressing them selves, using the best combination of words, in the best order to express exactly how they are feeling at that moment. Poetry is one of the most powerful means of communication that uses words very sparingly, and often defines the era in which the poet lived and died. I think that is why many poems are written about war, as anyone who was involved in
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He also uses strong metaphors to describe how the men should fight in the battle, such as "imitate the action of the tiger." This line prepares the troops psychology as well as physically by saying that they should be strong, courageous and fierce like the animal. The poem is also very patriotic, and talks of how the men should not disgrace their mothers or ancestors. Like the poem 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke, it presents the idea that dying for your country would be a good, brave thing to do and is in a way a sense of duty towards their mother England.

This poem is not wholly positive or negative. It gives war a good image by making it sound courageous and noble but it also expresses some horrific images such as, "Or close the wall with our English dead." I think that the last line of the poem, "Cry, God for Harry, England and Saint George." sums up the overall message of the poem by ending in a strong religious line, using a group of 3 to make the speech effective, and emphasising the fact that their cause is a righteous one.

Although 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' does put much importance on the idea of how brave and courageous the men fighting were it also creates a different message compared to 'The Battle Of Harfleur' from Henry V. I think what Alfred Tennyson was trying to do in this poem was to convey and explain what mistakes

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