AD's English Literature : War Poetry in the 1930's:Bitterly Sarcastic as Their Attitude to War is Grimly and Convincingly Realistic

War Poetry in the 1930's:Bitterly Sarcastic as Their Attitude to War is Grimly and Convincingly Realistic

“Why do you lie with your legs ungainly huddled,
And one arm bent across your sullen, cold
Exhausted face?...
You are too young to fall asleep for ever;
And when you sleep your remind me of the dead.”
- Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967)  "The Dug-Out"

Be it Mahabharata or Ramayana in the East or Iliad or Odyssey of the west, the core theme of these epics is heroism and war. Broadly speaking Milton’s Paradise Lost or ancient Beowulf are mainly concerned with battles and heroism and thus regarded the war poem. But our immediate concern is inter- war poetry or the war poetry in the 1930s which is notable for the sea change of attitude. In contrast to the romantic attitude to war as a glorious occasion for showing patriotism and heroism, the  war poets are bitterly sarcastic  as their attitude to war is grimly and convincingly realistic.

The trauma of the First World War was first expressed by poets in the trenches challenging patriotic and military humbug; it than coloring the sensibility of an entire age. The later war poets like Siegfried Sassoon, Issac Rosenberg, and Winifred Owen increasingly saw the war as organized and motivated insanity. There poetry beer witness to the ugly truth seen through the easy of the common soldier-In session, war encouraged a direct colloquial vigor to reinforce the gruesome imagery, anger, and ridicule. Both Sassoon and Owen used realism in order to shock reader out of their complacency and expose their naked reality of dehumanized violence. After the war, Sassoon’s poetry aspired an ironic quality through an unsettled juxtaposition of viewpoints. Owen, despite his unparalleled mastery of realistic derail, achieved a truly complex, sometimes visionary detachment and distancing. Isaac Rosenberg also attempted this imaginative distancing and often used a rapid succession of images.

While some like Hardy or Rupert Brooke, the notable Georgians world see war as offering an occasion for demonstrating one’s patriotism and heroic qualities, there were others-mainly soldier poets-who experienced a deep horror and disgust at the reality of war-a reality which was radically different from, if not opposite of, the rosy picture of war that was presented by the poets of the past and the politicians of the lime sect wide gulf of frustrations and sufferings can be seen in the poetry of many war poets. Most notable of all war poems is Wilfred Owen’s. Himself participated in war, his is the poetry of trenches, of war, of brutality of it. He is a soldier poet without any romantic felling or illusions about war-while Rupert glorifies war, Owen sings of the pity, the pathos and tragedy of it. Being a stern realist, he tears off the veil that covers the ugly face of war and exposes it is its foot and clan. The war to him is a machine for destroying precious human lived which is a colossal waste of human lives and opportunities. His notable poems Futility, Spring Offensive are few exquisite sump of him poetry. The posthumous publication The Poems of Wilfred Owen (1931) is a much more complete collection of his works and also contemns an excellent memoir by Edmund.

 The next important war poet is Siegfried session. He is one of the major war poets who survived the Great world war. He joined the army in the World War I and it was in the trenches that he began to like Owen attacks the glory of war and with bitter irony his is the poem for angry protest against the Heroics of war. The old Human (1917) and Center attack (1918) are the collection of his war poems which record his bitterness for the warmongers.    

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