War During The Twentieth Century War Poetry Essay

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Throughout the twentieth century, many poets have written about war. They have protested against it, created propaganda in support, celebrated conflict, and questioned it. War in general tends to evoke emotion in everyone, whether it is pride in a country, grief of losing a loved one, fear of the unknown, or even happiness because of a victory. On page one of Philippa Lyon’s “Twentieth Century War Poetry”, she writes,“…much poetry has been written by individuals (both male and female) who were not necessarily in the thick of battle.” She is saying that a lot of them poems were written by individuals with a different point of view of the war than the soldiers. Not all of war poetry was written by soldier-poets, who offer a first-hand account of what it was like and their experiences. Lyons then continues and writes, “…the poetry poses direct questions about motivation, intent and fairness; that is to say, about the nature, morality and politics of war.” The individuals had many questions about the war and they present those questions through poetry. It is not always seen as an individual’s hardship and struggles turned into art. Amy Lowell’s “September 1918” and Carl Sandburg’s “Grass” both describe a common theme of war, which evokes a spectrum of emotions. Lowell’s use of imagery and diction in her poem evokes a plethora of emotions. As an Imagist, she used a lot of imagery in her poems. The book “American Literature” in Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia says, “The
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