Poetry – Changing Times, Changing Ideologies By Damion Jones.

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Good Morning Year Twelves. As you know, you have been studying poetry over the past term and I am here today to present you a seminar entitled, "Poetry - Changing Times, Changing Ideologies. Our society has forever valued poetry as part of our cultural heritage, but what is poetry? Well poets have written on every possible theme and in every form. There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets. One definition of poetry is any imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response.Throughout this seminar I will be focusing on a topic that has been a part of our society since the dawn of mankind. War. A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defense, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, or for any other purpose. War has plagued us as a human race. There is not one generation in mankind that can say that world peace existed throughout their entire lifetime.There are countless songs and poems that tell tales of war from millennia ago till now. I have chosen two poems to analyze for you today. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and the song, I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish.I believe that these two texts are of the finest artworks of their time, simply because the brilliant use of the poetic devices used by Owen and McDonald were successful in spreading their views to the public.**Poem 1**Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori, meaning, it is sweet and fitting to die for ones country. What does it mean to die for your country? Does it generate glory and honour? Is it really beautiful to die in battle? Wilfred Owen tells the truth behind this phrase in his poem, Dulce et Decorum Est.Born in 1893, Wilfred Owen was an English poet and soldier regarded by many as one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare were heavily controversial as they sat in severe contrast to the public's perception of war at the time. In the First World War, the public saw it as their duty to protect their country from the enemy and that losing their life in battle for their country was an honorific notion.Dulce et Decorum Est is a poem about a soldier based at a trench, in the First World War. It is written in the first person from the perspective of the soldier. The poem tells of the true conditions that soldiers must endure for their country. The view that Owen puts fourth, that fighting for ones country is completely opposite to the general perception of the public, is the focus in the text and the terrible use of gas warfare is used to help promote this view.The tone of the poem is morbid and intense as the soldier retells the events that he witnesses on the battlefield, with the mood changing to realisation in the last stanza as the reader becomes aware that the common...

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