Different Views of War in Poets
I will explain the different view of war I have, from the poems
written by 4 different poets.
The poems I will be writing about are "INTO BATTLE, WHO'S FOR THE
GAME, PEACE AND SPRING OFFENSIVE AND FUTILITY".
All these poems are based on the 1st World War.
"Into Battle by Julian Grenfell. This poem was written at the start of
the war, hence the title Into Battle.
It starts off with the out look of nature.
The naked earth is warm with spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun's gaze glorying
And quivers in the sunny breeze
These quotes show that nature is positive and is blossoming.
The quoting of these lines,
And life is colour and warmth and light
And striving evermore for these.
The author very powerfully uses these lines.
It is stating that the soldiers are taking the light for their life,
their grabbing it, they are going to take each day as it comes hoping
to be alive.
The poems strengths are the description of nature.
Julian Grenfell emphasises on this by describing nature in depth.
Speed with the light-foot winds to run,
And with the trees to newer birth,
The woodland trees that stand together,
They stand to him each one a friend,
They gently speak in the windly weather,
They guide to valley and ridge's sight.
The author explains them, like they are humans on earth.
The poem is based as a springboard of confidence for the soldiers.
That springboard is the coming of spring. It seems that spring is
giving the soldiers hope.
The soldiers enter the war under God's guidance.
They believe that it is up to God what may come upon them , this can
be identified through the lines of the author,
The thundering line of battle stands,
And in the air death moans and sings:
But day shall cloap him with strong hands,
And night shall fold him in soft wings.
The writer tries to calm the soldiers fear before attack by saying
that if this is their last chance to sing, they should sing it well.
The blackbirds calling "brothers"
In this verse gives a sense of family feeling.
Even though the soldiers are at the battle ground, they still have
family back home, which encourages them.
The horses show him nobler powers
O patient eyes courageous hearts
The soldiers are also supported hours before the attack with patience
and courage by their working partners, the horses.
Julian Grenfell wrote this poem in 1915.
I believe this is a interesting, touching poem.
It is extremely eye catching for the reader as it tells us the most
unbelievable, imaginative lines a poet could think of.
Every line read is puzzling but understandable, and creates a picture
in the mind of the reader.
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