Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope
Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope

Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope

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Over eight and a half million men died in World War 1with just under thirty million other casualties. At he start of the war, in 1914, people were excited to fight the Germans and get back before Christmas.

The war lasted longer than expected so propaganda was used to try and recruit men. Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s for the Game” tries to get men to join the war comparing it to a game. The war was very brutal and gory. Men died and were left to rot away on the battlefields. Wilfred Owen, a WW1 soldier, experienced the bloodshed battlefields and the muddy, dirty trenches.

Through his experiences Owen wrote the two poems “Dulce et Decorum est” and “Anthem for Doomed Youth” at the Craiglockhart hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland where he was recovering from shellshock. Owen’s poems describe the pain and suffering the soldiers faced in the trenches while Jessie Pope’s poem is completely the opposite. Her poems talk about the supposed fun in the war. In this piece of coursework I will be comparing the poets poems and will see how the poets views on the war differ. The ‘Great War’ occurred from June 1914 to November 1918 and saw millions of lives lost.

The time before was the building of empires between the main countries: Britain, Germany and France. Germany wanted to gain more territory and the death of the Arch- Duke Franz Ferdinand sparked the alliance between Germany and Austria- Hungary. Jessie Pope, a journalist for the Daily Mail, wa

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s a pro-war propagandist and wrote, “Who’s for the Game” trying to perswade people to join the war. She had a biased view because she never knew the reality.

Jessie Pope was born in 1870 in Leicester, and married a man called Edward Lenton, who was a retired bank manager. She then died at the age of 60, in Devon.Pope was a journalist during the war and didn’t see the whole picture of the war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier in the war and experianced the full horror of it, having to be sent back to britain for treatment on shellshock. Pasionate Owen was educated untill his family couldn’t afford to- just before university. He went over to teach English in France and when war broke out he returned to England.

Determined to fight for his country, Owne volunteered for the Army and after training he became an officer. A huge shell burst near him at the Hindenburg Line, where Owen was based, and made him have shell-shock.Owen had the experience of the war so his poems were about real experiances. The war was not fun day out. Jessie Pope’s view was wrong as the war had just started and she hadnt expeianced the constant sound of shells and bullets flying around you and mud waist deep. Wilfred Owen writes about this as he knows what happned in the war.

Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s for the Game” was featured in the Daily mail to try and get young men to join the army to fight the Germans. This was propaganda, trying to convince the public that the war was fun,

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relating it to a game. The title itself shows that Pope relates it to a game.She is saying who is up for the fight for their country. Pope then says “come along lads” which shows she is directly talking to and audience to get them to join the war.

She uses slang and the theme Sport to do this. She also refers the England as a woman who is struggling to survive. This is provbed when Pope says “Your country is up to her neck in a fight” showing that she is neck-tied and cannot cope much longer without help. Pope finishes this line by writing, “and she’s looking and calling for you”.

A soldier would read this and then think that the counntry needed him or she would loose.She talks about war being a bit of fun in the poem, that war is just a game for heroes. In the poem Pope says “Who wants a turn to himself in the show” meaning who wants the lead in the show- who wants to be a hero. Pope then goes on saying that anyone who doesn’t help Britain will have a “seat in the stand” and be to scared. Here she is mocking people who refuse to go. The reason she uses sport as a theme to encourage people, is because sport is well played and enjoyed by many young lads, and Jessie Pope was aiming to get this age of men requited.

She expresses the opinion of war being a game in many ways, by comparing it to different sports. She shows that being in the war and doing the job is like tackling and gripping a person during rugby – ” Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid”. She uses a rhyming scheme, which makes the poem seem more energetic, and more enthusiastic. It makes the poem more appealing, as it is also like a nursery rhyme as it has certain tune to it. In the poem Anthem for a doomed youth, written by Wilfred Owen, Wilfred shows that war is seen as death.

It is about his view and beliefs on war, and how realistic it is. He uses the Victorian funeral as a structure for his poem. A Victorian funeral is split up into different groups, and each stage occurs in this order: The ringing of the bells, the saying of prayers, the sound of the choir, the lighting of the candles, the covering of the palls, the giving of the flowers and the drawing down of the blinds. For the ringing of the bells, he uses the lines “What passing – bells for those who die as cattle? ” This shows that the bells are guns, and bullets being fired from them as bells.

And gives you a thought of people being massacred by these bullets like cattle do. The way he expresses the saying of prayers, is by using the lines, “No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells”. This part shows that there is no prayer for the soldiers, and prayers will not help them out. It gives a lot of emotion into the poem,

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