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lostboy | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted December 7, 2010 at 7:39 PM via web

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What is a good approach to discussing the ways Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon present conflict in their poems?

I also want to compare their approach to conflict with that of Tennyson in Charge of the Light Brigade

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 8, 2010 at 11:17 PM (Answer #1)

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One approach to discussing the ways Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon present conflict in their poems is to look at the ideas of autonomy, free will and control. In the time of Tennyson, people-including soldiers-were more subject to class barriers regarding education. Everyone knew their place and stayed in it and so there was a tendency by soldiers of any age to 'trust their elders and betters' in terms of officers, obedience and possible insubordination. Those ideas were still present in the time of Owen and Sassoon, but equality in education was creeping up, and questions were starting to be thought, if not asked. We can see this in the development of the war poetry written by both men. At first the conflict is seen as regrettable but worthwhile in protecting a beloved homeland.However, the means of it's execution becomes more and more criticized as the poetry matures until eventually the glory of dying for one's country is held up to scrutiny.

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