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'Glory of Women' English Presentation
Transcript of 'Glory of Women' English Presentation
Sassoon studied at Cambridge University but left without a degree.
After leaving Cambridge, Sassoon lived in the country publishing small volumes of poetry.
May 1915 Sassoon was commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and travelled to France.
After writing a letter to The Times about the war and government, Sassoon had recieved a lot of trouble from authorities and was sent to hospital to be treated for shell shock.
He was sent hospital for treatment this was where he met Wilfred Owen an English poet and soldier who had a great influence on Sassoon.
After treatment Sassoon and Owen returned to the front line where Owen was killed in 1918.
Whilst fighting Sassoon continued to write poem's.
After the war Sassoon died in 1967. 'Birds eye view' of the Poem This particular poem is very sarcastic, after writing this poem (1918) Sassoon marked the time when anti-women literature was being written. He is writing in the view of a soldier therefore Sassoon portrays the feelings that all men felt about women during the war. It was a time that men and women could not relate to each other as they did before.
The role of women was very crucial during the war. Men went to fight for their country and in response women were given a much large responsibility therefore the stereotypical jobs they did perform changed during this time period. The 'Glory of Women' This picture is just one example of a man's impression of a woman. Before the war women were expected to wear appropiate dresses and support a family. This poem is a sonnet with the rhyme scheme of A B A B C D C D E F G E F G, there is not as many techniques in this sonnet as there are in other pieces that Sassoon wrote however it has deep meaning within every word that reveals what all men think about women. "You love us when we're heroes,home on leave," This particular line is in the view of a soldier and exhibits that women only love decorated heroes. The first line already portrays that women only fawn over the husband's heroic deeds only when they are present. "Or wounded in a mentionable place." This suggests that female loyalty depends on a wound a soldier sustains, although a soldier is seen as a national hero, when he recieves a terrifying injury he may no longer be seen as one. 'Mentionable' demonstrates that it could be a familiar or a general injury such as losing an arm or leg. However an unmentionable place may be in the mind hidden from the outside world. "You worship decorations; you believe that chivalry redeems the war's disgrace." This particular line is showing that women don't understand the reality of war. When soldiers returned home they were suprised how the atmosphere is very calm and was not related to the war "You listen with delight," "You listen with delight" is the key phrase in this line of the poem exhibiting that the stories of war are for entertainment purposes for women as they don't realise the impact that war and death have on the soldiers as a result they suffer from shellshock- this may reflect what Sassoon had suffered from. "By tales of dirt and danger fondly thrilled." The strong rhythm in the poem is imparted by the alliteration in this line. 'dirt' and 'danger' are two words that work well within the poem when used together. "You crown our distant ardours while we fight and mourn our laurelled memories when we're killed." This is one of the most sarcastic lines in the poem, as it displays that women don't know anything about the war and their knowledge about war and death will never expand.
"crown our distant ardours"
"our laurelled memories" "You can't believe that British troops retire" This line is the beginning of a sextet of the sonnet, this is when the sonnet takes a turn from soldiers at home to the actions of men at war. "When hell's last horror breaks them, and they run. Trampling the terrible corpses--blind with blood" The alliterations are used to emphasise the vicious retreat of the men.
'h' 't' 'b' "O German mother dreaming by the fire," There is a sudden turn in the sonnet which suprises the reader. It is comparing British women to German women exhibiting that they are more aware of the war. "While you are knitting socks to send to you son
His face is trodden deeper in the mud. Modern Identity of Women RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM RACISM Racism is a very serious matter that seperated and created differences between a different variety of diverse people. From the 16th century to the 19th century an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped to the Americas to become slaves, they were harshly beaten and women were abused.
This time period has left a mark in our history which has affected our society today, as a result racism is still very common today. Classed by Colour 'CLASSED BY COLOUR'