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History of English Literature Feb.16 "War Poetry"

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Peter Walley

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February 16 War Poetry WW1Mechanization dreadnoughts airplanes tanks gas big guns ZeppelinsTrench warfare disease waiting death from aboveAttrition 9 million soldiers killed shell shockPublic war conscription extensive photographic reporting rationing large scale propagandaMass disillusions mass trauma WoolfRupert Brooke The Soldier 1915How literature can do the work of the state o Glorification of deathconquest through death o Nationalism Englands great in entirety made personal people as pieces of England o Dying for England you become part of the eternal mindintegration of the divine and nationalism God as an Englishman o ChivalricbraveryWilfred OwenSiegfried SassoonTreated for shellshock at Craiglockhart hospital for veteransbegan writing war poems that became seminal British poetry of the modern condition Dulce et Decorum Est 1917
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