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  • WWI POETRY
  • Image Set 1
  • Image Set 2
  • Propaganda
    • – noun
    • 1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
    • 2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
    • 3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
    • IN YOUR OWN WORDS???
  • The Soldier – Rupert Brooke
    • If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England's, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
    • What is going on in this poem?
    • Which of the two sets of images fits best with this poem?
    • Underline what you think the most important line(s) is/are
  • Dulce et Deorum Est – Wilfred Owen
    • Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of disappointed shells that dropped behind. GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And floundering like a man in fire or lime.-- Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-- My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
  • What does “ dulce et decorum est pro patria mori ” mean?
    • “ It is sweet and right to die for own’s country”
    • Is Owen saying this genuinely? Or satirically? (i.e. does he really mean it?)
    • What is going on in this poem? Are there any words you don ’t understand? i.e. do you know what five-nines are? Lime?
    • Which of the two sets of images fits best with this poem?
    • First Impressions: Which poem do you prefer? Why?
    • Which is “better”? In what ways is it better?
    • Do poems need to be truthful? Or inspiring? Or ….?
  • WildfrEd owen
    • He died in action only one week before the armistice (end of fighting, November 11 th ). According to romanticized thought, his death notice was delivered to his mother just as the church bells were ringing to announce peace
  • Rupert Brooke the (not really) soldier
    • Known as “the handsomest young man in England” (Yeats)
    • Brooke never actually went to war – he died from a mosquito bite (blood poisoning) before he ever saw action in the trenches
      • So . . . What do you know think of his poem now? Has your opinion changed?
    Handsomest young man??? Hmmm
  • Lyric poetry
    • Poetry that is emotional and songlike, expressing personal feelings
    • Often musical – the word comes from LYRE
    • Rupert Brooke’s poem is considered lyric – you can easily imagine it being set to music
  • So, what is a lyre?
    • A musical instrument from Ancient Greece
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dx9mbkdQsA
  • Diamante
    • A diamante poem’s purpose is to go from one subject at the top of the diamond to another totally different (and sometimes opposite) subject at the bottom
    • Cat
      • Clever, cuddly
      • Crouching, pouncing, purring
      • Meow, feline, canine, bark
      • Running, sniffing, yelping
      • Lovable, smart
      • Dog
      • See the diamond? 
      • Now, answer up to question 6 in your booklet and WRITE YOUR OWN diamante poem
      • Try to pick a war topic – i.e. go from war at the top to peace at the bottom, fighting to helping, cavalry to tanks, reality to propaganda etc.
      • When you have finished, show me and grab the “Plath Poem Worksheet”