WWI Project

Essay by pjchung April 2007

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"The War to End All Wars", more commonly known as has just World War I, was an exceptionally bloody war, and has cost our country many young lives. However, that is not the only aspect of the war.

Over the course of the 4 years that we have been at war, our society, the American society, has flourished and grown through these times harsh times at an unbelievable rate. We have grown into a nation sown together by our diverse and eclectic population. We are the quilt of culture. Through this war, we have advanced as a society far more than anyone could have imagined.

The war has not only effected us culturally but also effected us through poetry, art, and music. Throughout history, these things have taught us about other cultures such as the Romans. By studying a country's literary developments, one can tell the nation's developments.

Overall, poetry from this time has a lot of dark imagery about the war itself.

Most of them describe the isolation of a wounded soldier, much like Wilfred Owen's Disabled. It discusses and describes in excruciating detail the loneliness and the solitude of the life of a wounded soldier.

This soldier, without legs and with an amputated arm, reminisces about all the fun times he had and all the things he regrets not doing in life before he decided to join the war. Other poems describe in detail the hardships of the life of a soldier, and the amount of dead bodies littered all around the battlefield.

Other poems emphasized the romantic aspects of war, highlighting the honorable deaths of the men and the bravery of them for enlisting. Sir Henry Newbolt states "Life is no life to him that dares not die, and death no death to him that dares...