Dulce et Decorum est/ Albion – Introductions

It feels like we’re getting a bit muddled with our introductions (and I take my share of responsibility for that), so I’m just going to add a couple of example introductions to, hopefully, spark your own off. I don’t want to see these reproduced in your jotters but if you choose to use some of the more interesting vocabulary I certainly wouldn’t complain.

Introduction 1.

Written ninety years apart (1918/ 2008), Dulce… and Albion, by Armitage and Owen respectively, these poems address the savage nature of war, and the lies people are told to make it more palatable. By employing a range of poetic techniques, these poets are able to give readers access to the visceral reality of the soldier’s experience.

Introduction 2.

Dulce… and Albion are both war poems that explore the savage reality of war. Despite their writing at different times, and in distinctly different circumstances, Owen and Armitage both manage the difficult task of conveying this horror through poetry by employing a variety of techniques.

Introduction 3.

Given that both poems were written so far apart, it is interesting that both Dulce… and Albion come to such similar conclusions about the nature of war. By using specific poetic devices to greatest effect, it is hard not to come away from either Owen’s or Armitage’s poem without a greater understanding of the suffering of war.

PLease note that each of these tries to get away from the straight-ahead “This poem was written by… in…” style of introduction. This is where the really strong marks will come from. Try out different ways of beginning sentences and including similar information in different ways. Avoid the obvious…

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