Is it okay to compare and contrast 2 poems of different themes?I want to compare and contrast "The Call" by Jessie Pope and "Repression of War Experience" by Siegfried Sassoon. Both themes are war,...

Is it okay to compare and contrast 2 poems of different themes?

I want to compare and contrast "The Call" by Jessie Pope and "Repression of War Experience" by Siegfried Sassoon. Both themes are war, but one is glorifying war while the other is condemning it. I have never been good at this sort of essay, so I will appreciate some advice here.

 

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Well, it is certainly possible to compare them both as they relate to the more general theme of war.  The purpose of a comparison/contrast essay is to show where the two things being compared are alike, but also different.  Entoes has a wonderful guide called "How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay" that I have linked below.  Summarizing from this guide, here are the steps you should follow:

  • Create a thesis statement.  An example from the subjects that you suggest could be something like:  Though both Jessie Pope and Siegfried Sassoon have created thoughtful poems about the effects of war, ultimately their perspectives couldn't be more different. Please use this only as a model, from which you can develop your own thesis statement.  The important thing about the thesis is to state whether you think the two things you are comparing are mostly the same or mostly different.
  • For the structure of the essay itself, Enotes suggests that you decide whether you will compare them in tandem or in an alternating pattern.  For your topic, this means that you will either cover aspects of the two different poems in each paragraph, or you will cover all the points you want to make about one poem and then cover all the points about the other.
  • You will also need to have a list that compares the two poems.  For example, you have already given one item that would go on such a list:  One glorifies war; one condemns war.  You should continue to list ways that you can compare the poems and then make sure that each of the items you list can be supported with specific references to each text.

Please consult the page linked below for more details on creating a Compare/Contrast Essay.

 

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