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War Poetry and Society Today

A Connection Between World War 1 and 2 War Poetry and Current Society Guveneur Guveneur, Yahoo Contributor Network Jan 1 , 2!! An undeniable dile""a "an ha# $aced throu%hout hi#tory i# the &roble" with war' (here i# an on %oin% battle between the natural "an and what he $ace# in war' )oe# war co"e natural or #hould we re#i#t* (hi# i# a the"e that i# $aced in "any literary work#' +any notable &oet# and author# have addre##ed thi# i##ue' World War , and World War ,, &roduced a %reat nu"ber o$ writer# on either #ide o$ the #&ectru"' Poet# have e-&re##ed their #enti"ent# $or a war, and they have e-&re##ed their di#a%ree"ent# with a war' War &oetry brou%ht about a new era in #ub.ect# addre##ed that can relate to the twenty/$ir#t century "an' 0ne o$ the "o#t "e"orable war ti"e &oet# i# 1enry 2eed' ,n 2eed3# &oe" 4Na"in% o$ the Part#4 he u#e# a &un on the word 4#&rin%'4 1e re$er# to the #&rin% a# a &art o$ the %un, and al#o a# the #ea#on o$ S&rin%' 2eed write#, 4'''we call thi#56a#in% the #&rin%' And ra&idly backward# and $orward#5(he early bee# are a##aultin% and $u"blin% the $lower#75(hey call it ea#in% the S&rin% 82eed 99:'4 Notice how S&rin% i# ca&itali;ed when the #oldier re&eat# what the drill in#tructor #ay#' S&rin% i# hi#torically the #ea#on o$ rebirth and $ertility' 2eed u#e# the i"a%ery o$ $lower# and bee# to illu#trate the #ea#on o$ S&rin%' (he #a"e i"a%ery he u#e# $or S&rin% i# al#o u#ed $or #e-' (he youn% "an in#ide the cla## i# thinkin% o$ the S&rin% $lower#' 2eed i# tryin% to i"&ly that #e- i# on the #oldier3# "ind rather than $i%htin%' 0ne "i%ht $ind a 4"ake love, not war4 the"e in thi#' Se- and love i# a natural &art o$ a youn% "an3# li$e' A youn% "an #ittin% in#ide o$ a cla##roo" learnin% how to $i%ht #hould be with a wo"an in#tead' 2eed3# &oe" #ee"# to have a neutral tone o$ war, but it #ee"# that he doe# not think that a "an3# de#ire# #hould be i%nored' Society today teache# how that "en #hould better the"#elve# while in their &ri"e' A "an #hould .oin the war e$$ort durin% World War ,,' Now, a "an #hould %o to colle%e while in hi# &ri"e' (he#e where and are the #ocial taboo# in We#tern culture' 1owever, a "an in hi# &ri"e u#ually de#ire# love and co"&anion#hi&, and not an education' ,t #ee"# that 2eed i# tryin% to de#cribe a the"e that i# reoccurrin% throu%hout hi#tory' <ovin% i# what co"e# natural to a youn% "an' Society3# &ull can be ob#erved by the unchan%in% le%al a%e li"it o$ "arria%e in the =nited State#' +arria%e u#ually occurred in a &er#on3# teen# durin% the +iddle a%e#' (he avera%e a%e o$ "arria%e $or a "ale i# now 2> 8Avera%e A%e:' +en are now e-&ected to &ut their e"otion# a#ide in order to contribute to thi# clo#ely indu#try centered world' ,t i# ea#y to #ee the #a"e #tudent in hi# &oe" today in "any hi%h #chool and colle%e #tudent# today' Al"o#t every war or con$lict in A"erican hi#tory #tart# with a hi%h ratin%' (he current con$lict in ,ra? i# no e-ce&tion to that' World War , al#o #tarted with a hi%h a&&roval in Britain' (he &oe" 4@olunteer4 by the Pri"e +ini#ter 1'1' A#?uith de"on#trate# the &atrioti#" at the #tart o$ the War' A#?uith write#, 4And $allin% thu# he want# no reco"&en#e,5Who $ound hi# battle in the la#t re#ortA5Nor need# he any hear#e to bear hi" hence,5Who %oe# to .oin the "en o$ A%incourt 8A#?uith BC:'4 A#?uith u#e# a vocabulary that %ive# a #en#e o$ &ride and duty' 1e #ee"# to be

e-&re##in% how a youn% "an #hould en.oy the idea o$ $i%htin% $or hi# country' ,t al#o #ee"# to i"&ly that it i# %ood to be able to die $or one3# nation' ,nver#ely, "o#t con$lict# end with a low a&&roval ratin%' (oward the end o$ World War , a &oet na"ed Wil$red 0wen wrote a #hockin% &oe" called 4)ulce 6t )ecoru" 6#t'4 (he &oe" title co"e# $ro" a the <atin &hra#e that tran#late# to 4,t i# #weet and honorable to die $or the $atherland'4 (he &oe" title %ive# the i"&re##ion that thi# i# a &atriotic &oe"' (he &oe" i# actually an anti/war &oe"' 0wen de#cribe# how helli#h war can be' ,n (he $inal line o$ hi# &oe" 0wen write#, 4(he old <ieA )ulce et )ecoru" e#t Pro &atria "ori80wen BC:'4 ,t i# intere#tin% to note that 0wen entered the war a# a volunteer' (he con$lict in ,ra? had a >! &ercent a&&roval ratin% at the #tart o$ the war' A# , write, the con$lict ha# a 9! &ercent a&&roval ratin%8Bu#h3# A&&roval:' (hi# de"on#trate# that the bloodier a war %et#, like in 0wen3# &oe", the "ore &eo&le di#a&&rove o$ it' (he #tart o$ the current con$lict had a #en#ation o$ adventure to it' (he brave "en and wo"en who #erve were %oin% to aven%e innocent &eo&le' Now that thou#and# are diein% with no ?uick i"&rove"ent there i# "uch di#content"ent' War ha# #een thi# ever #ince the end o$ World War 0ne and the #tart o$ the Dorean Con$lict' A war %et# di#a&&roval a# it tarrie#' War ha# alway# taken a "ental toll on tho#e who are a$$ected by it' Soldier# never co"e back $ro" battle the #a"e' (he advent o$ "odern war$are brou%ht about the e-ce## o$ a condition known a# #hell#hock' +any &oe"# have been written about thi#' A &oet na"ed ,vor Gurney i# a &ri"e e-a"&le o$ thi#' Gurney co"&o#ed #everal &oe"# while on the battle $ield' 1e wa# #ent to a ho#&ital in 1 1> a$ter bein% wounded and %a##ed' 1i# "ental #tate be%an to deteriorate there' ,n S&rin% 1 1E he had a "a.or breakdown, and in 0ctober, a$ter a #erie# o$ #uicide letter#, he wa# di#char%ed $ro" the ar"y, #u$$erin% $ro" 4de$erred #hell#hock'4 1e wa# eventually dia%no#ed with #chi;o&hrenia, and certi$ied in#ane' 1e #&ent the la#t $i$teen year# o$ hi# li$e in a "ental a#ylu"' Gurney wrote "uch o$ hi# &oe"# while in the a#ylu"' Gurney al#o co"&o#ed "u#ic, and would #o"eti"e# &ut lyric# to hi# co"&o#ition#' 1e wa# #o in#ane that he clai"ed to have written Shake#&eare3# &lay# at one &oint8Fry, ,vor Gurney:' (hi# i# a %ood e-a"&le o$ the #tran%e e$$ect# that battle can have on a &er#on' (here i# no e-ce&tion to #hell#hock today' (here are currently &lenty o$ #oldier# returnin% $ro" the +iddle 6a#t who #u$$er $ro" war trau"a' (here ha# alway# been a &roble" will the &#ycholo%ical i"&act o$ war on a #oldier' A %reat increa#e in battle$ield trau"a occurred with the creation o$ the S&it;er bullet81awk, (he Great:' (hi#, alon% with hand held e-&lo#ive#, "ade $or a very bloody war' (he #oldier# who #aw thi# kind o$ war$are were #carred $or li$e' War$are today i# no di$$erent' (he Great World War# o$ the $ir#t hal$ o$ the (wentieth century were terrible occurrence#' 0ne o$ the very $ew %ood thin%# that ca"e out o$ the" wa# the uni?ue #tyle o$ &oetry' +any %reat &oet# o$ World War , and World War ,, e-&lored dee& and di$$icult idea#' ,t #ee"# that the &oet# u#ed their har#h e-&erience# to e-&lore their e"otion#' Poet# #uch a# 2eed, Gurney, and 0wen e-&re## their idea# about the e$$ect# o$ war on the hu"an "ind' ,t i# intere#tin% to ob#erve how the $eelin%# o$ #oldier# ! year# a%o are #o #i"ilar to what #oldier# $eel today' ,t al#o #ee"# that there i# &atrioti#" and anti/war idea# in any war' Poet# wrote about how they loved the idea o$

war' Poet# al#o wrote about how they hated the idea o$ war' ,t doe# not #ee" that any old idea# will %o away in the $uture or any new idea# will co"e about in the $uture' 6verythin% ha# been con#tant, and it will re"ain that way' Work Cited 4Avera%e A%e o$ +arria%e'4 +edindia'net' 9C Nov' 2!!E ' 4Bu#h3# a&&roval ratin% lowe#t on ,ra? war anniver#ary'4 Www'chinadaily'co"'cn' 2! +ar' 2!!E' China )aily' 2C Nov' 2!!E htt&755www'chinadaily'co"'cn5world52!!E/ !952!5contentGHBB911>'ht"' Fry, +ichele' 4,vor Gurney'4 Counter/Attack' 1 E' 2C Nov' 2!!E '

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