"The Complexities of War Voices and Images"

Dulce Et Decorum Est

"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"(WWI Lost Poets).

War is Hell

"War is Hell

Anyone who has been

Is sure to tell

It's the politicians who are quick to send

Sons and daughters who aren't theirs, to hell

When the first soldier fell

What did they think?

Did they have a drink?

Or were they to busy kissing babies

And raising funds

While they send the young to Hades"(Gregory Robert Samuels)

The Boy and His Toy

"He was shot to bits, this boy

What he was holding, turned out to be a toy

A plastic toy grenade

Given by the enemy is who purchase it was paid

He was old enough to know, old enough to be afraid

Now he was dead and couldn't be saved"(Gregory Robert Samuels)

Response to "This is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong"

Dear Edward Thomas,

Your view on war is highly inaccurate in my opinion. While fighting on an open battle field, my thoughts were not on who I was fighting. My thoughts were I need to survive and get back home. Your poem is accurate in fighting for your country, but it lacks the true reality of and details of the deaths of innocent people. It does not include having to watch a friend die right next to you, and not being able to say goodbye because you had to keep moving to survive. It is extremely disappointing that war is being betrayed not in an accurate way.

Response to "Who's For the Game?"

Dear Jessie Pope,

Your poem views war as a game when in reality, war is a deadly and harsh event. War is not a game, people die and their family's have to live without a relative or loved one. It is bloody and is not at all in comparison to a game. Sitting out of war is in fact a smart idea because volunteering to go to war is volunteering to die. Although war is popular and everyone is involved it does not make it a joyful activity everyone should pursue.