Archive for March, 2012

War Sonnet

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

V. The Soldier

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.

This poem is in the perspective of the soldier. He says that even if he died, it would be a beautiful death because he died defending his country. He says he will be “under English heaven”, which is talking about him being buried under England’s soil.

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War Propaganda Posters

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a French poster made in WWI to motivate their people to fight in the war. This soldiers has a gun in one hand, to show that is he going off to fight (and is happy about it), he’s also waving his other hand for his colleagues to come and fight along with him. This might motivate French people to come and fight because it shows that this man is excited about helping his homeland in the war.

The second picture is an American war poster. It shows an American man in a suit, watching from the inside of his house window to see a large number of American troops outside his window about to go to war. So this poster is asking “On which side of the window are you?” Pretty much asking if you’re going to be a coward and stay home while your American comrades go out and fight for YOUR country, or if you’re going to be like everyone else and fight. This is kind of guilting you into ¬†enlisting, because it depict him alone, which says that you’re an outcast if you don’t enlist.

The Dangers of War

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

After seeing the presentation on World War I, it left me with an even worse feeling about war than I did before. Over 9,000,000 people died in that war, and a lot more were wounded. This war actually changed the way people battle now. Before they would only fight in the battlefields, but now, war could break out anywhere.

I expect the story “All Quiet On the Western Front” to be interesting since it’s from a soldier’s perspective. I will get to see exactly what goes through someone’s head when he is on the battlefield and his life could end at any moment. Also, we get to see the fighter’s mentality, where it’s kill or be killed.