WWI Poetry

1914 Men/Women
-Most literate British generation ever.
-Widespread literacy.
-Literature main form of entertainment.

Wilfred Owen
-Compassionate depictions of suffering.
-Critiqued nationalism.

Siegfried Sassoon
-Protested the war.
-Used poetry in an accusation form.
-Confronted the Homefront with the atrocities of war.

Strong Interrogation of Words
How do words work?
How they put into words the experience of war.

Traditional Forms
They didn’t experience with forms.
Resorted to old forms like sonnets, and iambic pentameter.

Pastoral Poetry
-“Georgian Pastoral Poets”.
-Poetry which emphasizes nature, shepards, sheep, etc.
-An idealized pastoral scene.

“Dulce et Decorum Est”
-Wilfred Owen.
“Bent double”.
Title = well known phrase: “it is noble and heroic to sacrifice and fight/die for your country.
-The title is a critique of the phrase.
-Owen undermines heroism associated with going to war.
-Line 15/16: The war is a memory beyond his control. it will affect him (PTSS).

“Anthem for Doomed Youth”
-Wilfred Owen.
“What passing-bells”
-3 Quatrains, 1 Couplet.
-Line 3: alliteration.
-Line 2: Personification of guns.

“Glory of Women”
-Siegfried Sassoon.
“You love us”.
-Sonnet: reflects traditional forms.
-2 Quatrains, 1 sestet.