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Theme - War

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Ms. Mc Caffrey

on 25 August 2018

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Transcript of Theme - War

Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend Siegfried Sassoon and stood in stark contrast to both the public perception of war at the time, and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets.
Class Debate
Dulce et Decorum Est
Using the poetic techniques handout, learn the techniques
Theme - War
Topic - Poetry
Dulce et Decorum Est

Who's for the Game?

Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played,
The red crashing game of a fight?
Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid?
And who thinks he’d rather sit tight?
Who’ll toe the line for the signal to ‘Go!’?
Who’ll give his country a hand?
Who wants a turn to himself in the show?
And who wants a seat in the stand?
Who knows it won’t be a picnic – not much-
Yet eagerly shoulders a gun?
Who would much rather come back with a crutch
Than lie low and be out of the fun?
Come along, lads –
But you’ll come on all right –
For there’s only one course to pursue,
Your country is up to her neck in a fight,
And she’s looking and calling for you.
Wilfred Owen was different....
Owen did not rush to enlist, but he did join the British army.
What do you remember from the last class about war?

What words do you associate with war?

What was the general feeling amongst people at the time?

Why was this hard for young men?

Do you think most pieces of writing during this time were PRO-WAR OR ANTI WAR?
Why might a write have felt pressure to only write pro war material?

Do you think it would have been hard to write about what war was really like?

What did young soldiers think they were going to get from joining the war effort at first?
He was injured on the battlefield and while
recovering he met another famous war poet
Siegfried Sassoon.
He was a poet before the war and was
influenced by Romantic writers.

Yet this soon changed. He became disillusioned with the world and the war effort. Romantic themes were forgotten in exchange for the harsh realities of life.

He is known for describing the atrocities of trench and gas warfare.
What does it mean?
'It is sweet and honourable to die for your country.'
Is it?
Listen to the reading of the poem
Write what you notice on your handout.
Merits up for grabs!
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