Victorian And War Poetry Analysis

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A Comparative study of Victorian and War poetry As we know that Victorian literature is produced in the reign of Queen Victoria(1837-1901) the era in which we see England undergoing a tremendous cultural upheaval and all forms of literature were under a great radical change. Thus poets of this era mostly used sensory elements like imagery etc and more of sentimentality in their poems. However they restrained themselves to no specific subject, we find topics from romance to nature, from criticism of politics to religious institutions etc exploring the feelings of love, loss and desire. This is the era which created a bridge between Romantic movement and the Modernist movement of the 20th century. Whereas the war poetry lacks such…show more content…
You can drink and forget and be glad, And people won't say that you’re mad; For they know that you've fought for your country, And no one will worry a bit. Siegfried Sassoon The poem is a full series of rhetorical questions modeled a soldier who has apparently lost his legs, his sight and all his dreams. Through this poem the poet has tried to divert reader's attention from the glories of the war and force him to confront the serious and shocking outcomes of it. Sassoon has tried to sketch the horrific and heart sinking consequences of the war, as he portrays the physical disability by saying: Does it matter?-losing your legs? For people will always be kind, And yet again he further emphasizes on the same subject and says: Does it matter?-losing your sight? There’s such splendid work for the blind; And people will always be

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