In our Literature class, our teacher, Pato, separated us into groups of five in order to work on work poetry. The activity consisted on answering different questions about war poetry, and before answering, in our groups we discuss our different points of views, our opinions and our ideas. My teamwork was Gonzalo Irazusta, Francisco Aresi, Ramiro AIzpiri, Marcos Okecki and me.
This is our final work:
War poetry is usually known as poetry made during the First World War by poets such as Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Edmund Blunden and Robert Graves and more. This war poetry talks about themes connected to war, like honor,injury and how war could affect. A lot of the poets tried to show how destructive and shocking the war could be, so they could be called as anti-war poets. They showed this ideas very clear in there poems. This poets complained about what was happening, and they also showed the consequences of the war, economically and socially.
- Name some war poets and famous poems.
- Wilfred Owen: He was a poet and a British soldier.
- Siegfried Loraine Sassoon: He was a British poet and used to be a British Army officer during the WW1.
- Robert Laurence Binyon: He was an English poet.
- Charles Hamilton Sorley: He was a British poet of the First World War.
- John McCrae Alexander: He was a Canadian poet, doctor, author, artist and soldier during the First World War.
- Isaac Rosenberg: He was an English poet and artist. His poems from the trenches are recognized as some of the most outstanding poems written during the First World War.
- How are soldiers typically portrayed? Is there a common theme which unites the various countries? What do these representations tell us about the society which produced such an image?
The soldiers in war poetry are typically portrayed as heroic and brave to go to war to defend their country, Also, apart of being strong to go to fight, soldiers left their families and kids and they are thinking constantly about them during combat. The fear of not coming back home is something every soldier has. In most of the poems, the theme of death and fear apart of soldiers being loyal and brave for their flag, is commonly present in most of the poems,
- What are the roles which children played in wartime propaganda” Why were children “essential victims” in the war?
children were essential victims of the wartime propaganda in the first world war as the authorities realized children were going to be their future, their future supporters and their future soldiers. to be assured they were going to have faithful supporters and powerful soldiers they used schol, books, plays and rallies.
- What was the role played by women in war times?
Woman used to be housewifes all their lives were based on their marriages and their son when they were little they depend on how their wedding we’re going to be. but things started to changed in the first world war. men were fighting and industries needed workers so lots of women started working leaving behind their dreams of taking care of their families as housewifes and stared apporting with money. This gave hope to lots of women now they could work as men could however they were still jugged and oppressed.
- What is the typical message/imagery in war poems?
The typical message in war poems is the courage and heroism the soldiers represented to their countries as they go to war to defend their families and save their own nation. People see soldiers brave and heroic as they go to war as they know they can be hurt, injure or even worst causing their death.
- What are Sassoon‘s views of the war, of the soldier, and of death created in his poems?
- Sassoon created a specific View in his poema, Such as he did un «The Redeemer» and «Suicide in the Trenches»
- His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon’s view, were responsible for a war where several people die and suffered a lot.
- Some literary historians have argued that of the war poets, Wilfred Owen is the better poet. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
There is no doubt that Wilfred Owen was one of the greatest poets. He was a soldier, and it is said that unfortunately he was killed in action. He showed how destructive and terrifying the war was. This also represented what people wanted, because everyone hated the war. Owen showed a great perspective from inside the war, and showed his point of view and what he lived inside that horrible territory.
- Overall, what value does poetry have for the historian of war? Can poetry be used to examine the nature of the war experience, and if so, how? Are there other sources which are “better” for the study of war, and if so what/why?
Poetry, literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.
Poetry is a vast subject, as old as history and older, present wherever religion is present, possibly—under some definitions—the primal and primary form of languages themselves. The present article means only to describe in as general a way as possible certain properties of poetry and of poetic thought regarded as in some sense independent modes of the mind. Naturally, not every tradition nor every local or individual variation can be—or need be—included, but the article illustrates by examples of poetry ranging between nursery rhyme and epic. This article considers the difficulty or impossibility of defining poetry; man’s nevertheless familiar acquaintance with it; the differences between poetry and prose; the idea of form in poetry; poetry as a mode of thought; and what little may be said in prose of the spirit of poetry.
When we say “war poetry” today, the sort of writing that comes to mind is a conglomeration of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and the other great writers of the first world war. It means descriptions of mud, wire and slaughter on a horrific scale. It includes accusations that the top brass prolonged hostilities for no good reason and that people at home supported the cause in ignorance. It involves fierce protest as well as intense sympathy. It issues a warning.
The best sources to study history are the Ones that are primary source because they are a document for the period of history a historían or person is studying.
I found interesting this activity due to the topic of war. I find wars very interesting to study as they are, unfortunately, true events that took place more that once in the human history, even a few years ago. Therefore, reading and learning about these events is very dramatic but also interesting. Moreover, I found very productive working in pairs but also having our own space to express ourselves and show our point of view. On the one hand, I loved working in pairs as we could help between us in different occasions by clarifying doubts, or showing different points of views, or helping organising the other´s ideas. But, on the other hand, this activity´s questions were very well distributed, as everyone on the group had to answer some specific question, therefore, we had our personal space to express ourselves while at the same time, if we had doubt, we had our partners to help us.
I found this activity very connected to a picture i have seen last year in the history book. I do not have the image now, but it showed city in Spain, showing the war in Guernica, showing the different fatalities, the houses destroyed, the fire burning the buildings and people suffering a lot. This is the only thing a war leaves. A war isn’t a way to solve conflicts, in fact, it only makes the things worst. THis relationship made me get more interested on the topic so I looked up in the web a poem which put into words what how I feel. This is the poem I chose:
There’s more to the story,
than what just appears.
A war written story,
from blood and from tears.
My son went to war,
a very proud man.
He fought in Iraq,
on the hot desert sands.
He witnessed his buddies,
his comrades, his men,
bleeding and dying,
he witnessed their end.
Where is Pvt. Tommy?
He’s blown up all around,
his comrades spent hours,
picking him from the ground.
Sleeping in holes,
dug in the sand,
dreaming of home,
but it’s become foreign land.
He can’t tell his enemy,
from family or foe,
as he watches his friends sent out,
with tags on their toe.
He knows his Mama,
is sleepless like him,
and he tries to send word,
whenever he can.
He tries not to worry,
his family at home,
the horror that he faces,
he faces alone.
His mission is over,
he’s sent back to me,
he fought for our freedom,
but he’ll never be free.
He yearns for his buddies,
that died over there.
He’s caught with the living,
in a doubled looped snare.
He screams in the night,
for the battle still roars,
as he lays in his bed,
he re-lives all the horror.
Nobody heard the fight,
he still fights,
except for his Mama,
who comforts him every night.
He never will be,
the son I once knew,
the war killed that part,
for freedom, for you.
Great Nation, Great Leaders,
and all those who will hear,
on a mother’s first tear.