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A Comparison of Two Poems about Soldiers Joining The Colours by Katherine Tynan and The Send Off by Wilfred Owen are two poems about soldiers leaving Britain to Fight in WWI Joining The Colours is about a regiment of soldiers leaving to go to France to fight This was at the beginning of the First World War and all the soldiers were happy because it was an opportunity for them to show their girlfriends and their families that they were brave The Send Off is about a regiment of young soldiers who are departing later in the war It was written a few years after Joining The Colours Even though these poems are about the same topic their structure styles and moods are very different because the authors are trying to convey the feelings of war very differently In Joining The Colours by Katherine Tynan the soldiers seem happy as they march to war In stanza 1 for example There they go marching all in step so gay 1 This quotation shows how they enjoy marching all together They look almost as though they are going to a wedding day 3 In stanza 2 the soldiers are singing like the lark 6 In stanza 3 they make noises with whistles mouth-organs 9 The soldiers are carefree because they are brave They dont understand how dangerous war is because they are too young They are not serious they feel as if they are going to a celebration While the soldiers are leaving there are many people celebrating their bravery The first group of people mentioned in stanza 1 are the mothers of the young soldiers They are watching their sons going to war This is an unhappy moment for them The reader feels sorry for them because many of their sons wont come back The second group of people mentioned in this poem are those who are standing at
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