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The Writers' Attitudes To War In Three Poems

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The Writers' Attitudes to War in Three Poems

The First World War was the most destructive ever known. Nearly a
million British men were killed and it affected every town and
village. The 18-40 male age group was dramatically diminished, which
meant nearly a whole generation was wiped out. During the war people
got increasing information about the war conditions and the patriotic
excitement disappeared. This affected the number of men enlisting.
People's attitudes to war depended on their experiences. Men who were
fighting would have a different approach, because they experienced the
poor conditions, horrific injuries and bitter weather. Many women
would have had a more positive view on the war; because of the
advantage they were in terms of employment. No one wanted any war like
World War One to happen again. It caused vast devastation and misery
and caused more slaughter than any other war. War dehumanised men that
managed to survive the war, their lives were no longer normal. Wilfred
Owen, Jessie Pope and Siegfried Sassoon all wrote emotional poetry
considering the war, but they saw different aspects of it. Wilfred
Owen enlisted in the army during the war and therefore saw disturbing
and horrifying scenes in his time away in the trenches, unlike Pope
who was not involved in trench warfare, but saw life during the war as
a beneficial time for women of Britain. Like Owen, Sassoon experienced
war, and if affected his family greatly.

Early in the war Sassoon's brother Hamo was mortally wounded at
Gallipoli. Sassoon punished himself for his brother's death by
involving himself in brave, sometimes suicidal deeds against the
Germans. A short leave from the front helped to calm him and later as
the war dragged on, he experienced a sense of hatred towards war. This
attitude works its way into his poetry. During a spell of
convalescence, in which he was treated for shell shock at
Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh, he met and befriended the poet
Wilfred Owen who was being treated for the same illness. After
experiencing the horrors of the First World War and suffering from his
brother's death, Sassoon was anti-war and thought it was a futile
waste of life. Sassoon's early war poetry gives the reader the
impression that war was a risky venture that involves confidence and
initiative; his later poetry attacks the entire nature of war and
those who profit by it. Wilfred Owen was commissioned as a 2nd
Lieutenant in the Artists' Rifles; he joined the Manchester Regiment
in France in January, 1917. Whilst in France, Wilfred Owen began
writing poems about his war experiences. He was injured in March 1917
and sent home. Siegfried Sassoon inspired Owen to make a career out of
poetry. Owen was fit for duty in August and returned to the front. On
November the 4th, just 7 days before the...

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