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From the perspective of soldiers we experience what men suffered during World War I Through the vivid imagery and the dramatic language in the poems Attack and Exposure Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen share their views on war That all war is- is fear misery and death Sasson descibes a battlefield where men are on the attack They follow behind a tank fighting their way up a scarred slope clambering over barbed wire right into the hands of death The use of alliteration and rhythym eg Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud conveys the sense of urgency and excitement Personification plays a major role in Attack eg glowring and barrage roars gives the poem a tone of angerrage The use of onomatapoiea helps the readers experience what the battlefield was like for the soldiers Lines such as bristling fire makes the readers imagine the sound of machine guns firing and Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire creates a powerful image of tanks slowly making their way upto the barbed wire His climax is a perfect example of the kind of emotive sentences he uses O Jesus make it stop fills the readers with the despair anger fear and helplessness that the soldiers feel Yet Sassoon also gives the poem an unemotional tone eg They leave their trenches going over top to emphasize the fact that the fear panic and death happened everyday But none of these things were what war was conveyed to the people not involved with the fighting as back then Men who went off to war thought that it was a way to prove their masculinity and that to die for your country was a glorious thing None of these men knew of the fear that would strike their hearts or of the desperate panicked need to return home- alive None of these men knew that it was not just bullets and bombs that killed that
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