Write a Poem About War

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Hello, and welcome to VisiHow. In this series of videos, we are exploring the poignant world of poetry. In this particular video, we are going to focus on how to write a poem about war. War poetry is a very popular genre of poetry. It is a subject that has shaped our world in conflicts past and present, continuing to impact our daily lives.

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    War represents humanity at its most base and primal.
    The desire to survive, coupled with the necessity to kill in order to ensure survival is a powerful topic for poetry.
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    Such an extreme situation also reveals extreme emotions and actions.
    War has given us incredible stories of bravery, courage, camaraderie, intelligence, and kindness. However it has given us equally horrific stories of evil, cowardice, hate, savagery, brutality, and stupidity.
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    Here is an example of war poetry.
    Christ and the Soldier by Siegfried Sassoon (1916) The straggled soldier halted -- stared at Him -- Then clumsily dumped down upon his knees, Gasping "O blessed crucifix, I'm beat!" And Christ, still sentried by the seraphim, Near the front-line, between two splintered trees,
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    Spoke him:
    "My son, behold these hands and feet." The soldier eyed him upward, limb by limb, Paused at the Face; then muttered, "Wounds like these Would shift a bloke to Blighty just a treat!"
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    Christ, gazing downward, grieving and ungrim, Whispered, "I made for you the mysteries, Beyond all battles moves the Paraclete."
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    The soldier chucked his rifle in the dust, And slipped his pack, and wiped his neck, and said -- "O Christ Almighty, stop this bleeding fight!"
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    Above that hill the sky was stained like rust With smoke.
    In sullen daybreak flaring red The guns were thundering bombardment's blight. The soldier cried, "I was born full of lust, With hunger, thirst and wishfulness to wed.
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    Who cares today if I done wrong or right?" Christ asked all pitying, "Can you put no trust In my known word that shrives each faithful head?
    Am I not resurrection, life and light?"
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    Machine-guns rattled from below the hill; High bullets flicked and whistled through the leaves; And smoke came drifting from exploding shells.
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    Christ said "Believe; and I can cleanse your ill.
    I have not died in vain between two thieves; Nor made a fruitless gift of miracles."
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    The soldier answered, "Heal me if you will, Maybe there's comfort when a soul believes In mercy, and we need it in these hells.
    But be you for both sides? I'm paid to kill And if I shoot a man his mother grieves. Does that come into what your teaching tells?"
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    A bird lit on the Christ and twittered gay; Then a breeze passed and shook the ripening corn.
    A Red Cross waggon bumped along the track. Forsaken Jesus dreamed in the desolate day -- Uplifted Jesus, Price of Peace forsworn -- An observation post for the attack.
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    "Lord Jesus, ain't you got no more to say?" Bowed hung that head below the crown of thorns.
    The soldier shifted, and picked up his pack, And slung his gun, and stumbled on his way. "O God," he groaned, "why ever was I born?" ...The battle boomed, and no reply came back.
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    Here are some points to consider when writing poems about war.
    Decide on which period or on what conflict you want to write about.
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    You will need good historical knowledge of the period, equipment, battles and their outcomes, and of the historical facts surrounding them.
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    Include onomatopoeic words.
    These are words that represent sounds, such as Bang, Crash, or crack. Using words like these will convey the sense of destruction and impact that occurs in a war zone.
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    Decide if you want to make a specific character the focus of your poem.
    Also, do you want to give them an identity or will you have them remain anonymous to reflect the anonymity of war and mass murder.
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    Do you want to make a comment on war itself?
    Do you want to advocate or condemn it? Try to create a vivid impression of what it is like to be in such a situation. This doesn't even need to include actual conflict, but could instead focus on army training, the relationship between soldiers, anticipation of conflict, or guild or remorse at actions carried out on the battlefield.
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    Try to examine war from multiple angles.
    From that of the soldier, the family at home listening on the radio to reports, the enemy, the Commander, the pilot, the victim, the mother.
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    Now it's your turn again.
    Have a go at writing your own war poems and then share them with us in the comments section below. In this section, you can also leave any questions, and here you'll also find links to the other videos in this poetry series. You've been watching a new video on how to write war poems. We look forward to reading your own war poems. You've been watching VisiHow. Good-bye.
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How could I write a poem about a soldier in WW1?

How do I write a poem about a soldier? I wanted it to start with Imagine. And I wanted the rest to be about the deaths and bodies of soldiers and how their lives were, I want it to be set out like a sonnet

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A sonnet consists of 14 lines split up into three sections like this:

1,2,1,2 3,4,3,4 5,6,5,6 7,7 where 1 rhymes with 2 and 3 rhymes with 4 and so forth. There also needs to be an iambic pentameter. So you would take section 1,2 and state the main theme of Imagine. Sections 3,4 go into detail about 1,2 and 5,6 are complete 1,2 and 3,4. 7,7 usually sums up the sonnet in a couplet.

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Help me write an amazing poem?

I need to write a full poem gcse level on war in depth with hidden meanings. I have tried: Only tried to do it from my brain and other research areas and the teacher. I think it was caused by: I cannot think of what to write about

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Look at examples like Flander's Field: "In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

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We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields."

You can see in the two stanzas of this poem by John MrCrae how he took the cemetery and within the second stanza spoke for the dead.

"Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields."

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The third stanza brings in the inspiration and completes the theme. If you have no idea what to write about, think about the significance of war or perhaps do one about wounded soldiers and their greatest battle yet coming home and learning to adapt to a limb they lost, brain injury or PTSD.

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How do I start a poem about war?

How do I start a poem about war

It is your creative vision that limits the imagination in starting a poem about war. For instance, three outlines for a start can be: the atmosphere, the perspective, and interaction with the rest of the poem.

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  • Ofttimes, genres define the atmosphere and the verbosity of the language and rhythm and flow. Is it victorian poetry? Is it low fantasy fiction? Is it historical?
  • The perspective can switch throughout the poem, but sophistication does not always coalesce with switching perspectives, which surmises reader's ability to perceive the puissance of the word in the writing.
  • The interaction with the poem may mean that the beginning of the poem can disclose some symbolic references with the whole poem or parts of it. A lot of poems are most resonant when they contain a tragedy or love.
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Ladle your inspiration from other works or merely envision a tableau in your mind with your kinesthetic, audial, and visual senses. Address your feelings, and expel all of the adjectives and adverbs that might be associated with the picture. Form sentences and add rhyme and rhythm by embroidering the whole picture with as many details as possible. From there, start cutting and making lines as concise as required by the genre.

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For example, start with two lines:

Whilst quiescence storms above the languid battlefield,

Mine never-wilting hand extends to take the shield.

Think of what happens next. Is it a start of the battle? Is it the end of the battle? What do you see as the fighter? Are you alone? How will you end the poem? Notice how the first oxymoron intensifies the scene of silence before the battle.

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Idylls await. And lo! I charge - mine brethren follow.

Our minds resplendent with no human-sparked dolor.

Fearless, the army charges. What happens next? Will thoughts of seeing his love fill the fighter's mind during the battle? Is his mind preoccupied with something else? Feel like the solder and write about it. Why was the feeling of dolor mentioned? This has all to be expounded upon in the poem.

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How to compose a poem about war?

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How to write a rhyming couplet?

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