War Essay Draft

Post your draft of the war essay here (it must be a minimum of 500 words to count as a draft – the final essay should be a minimum of 750 words). Be sure to include quotations from the poetry and format using MLA guidelines. Research is not required for this essay, but if you use outside sources, include a Works Cited page. 


This essay on poetry presents an opportunity to engage in a creative and analytic response to one or two of the WWI poem(s) and an idea the poem(s) suggests. This essay invites you to read/view/listen to the work closely: first, for pleasure and content, and then for an idea you find directly in the poem(s) or suggested by it (them). The question then becomes what do you find most interesting, most enjoyable, most worth discussing in your experience of the poem(s)? Do you find a point in the details of the poem(s) itself (themselves), or do you find those details suggesting a point found in the world beyond the poem(s)? Whatever point emerges most clearly for you becomes your thesis, and from there you develop that thesis into an essay of at least 750 words, including clear thesis, organizational plan, development, technical execution, etc I encourage you to concentrate on subjects you find interesting and worth writing about.




A Response Essay should:

Articulate a thesis
Present the thesis in the location of the writers choice introduction is a common choice, but a delayed thesis works, too
Use one or two of the WWI poem(s) read in the course as the primary support for the thesis: British or French/German/Austrian
Consider the films, history, nonfiction essays and/or war quotations (not required, but you might find an interesting connection)
Discuss literature using the literary present tense and third person (avoid 2nd person entirely)
Incorporate and explain all quotations used
Be in MLA format for documentation of sources, paper format (works cited page, if needed – not if you use a source I provided – no research required)
Submit final essay to Canvas
Be at least 750 words

Possible topics (if you get stuck):

Some of the poems and stories read in this unit protest the inhumanity of war and argue that we should not create peaceful, comforting illusions to shield ourselves from that inhumanity. Choose an example (or more) and write an essay that explores this theme.
One of war’s most frightening consequences is the deadening of human sensitivity and compassion. Explain how this theme is developed in the poems and stories we discussed.
Soldiers at war often think of home and their loved ones, who are in turn profoundly affected by the soldiers’ fate. Explain how the literature of War develops this theme.
At the beginning of WWI, soldiers and citizens exhibited a strong sense of nationalism and optimism, but a few years into the war, those idealistic views changed, especially for the soldiers. Compare and contrast the early poetry of WWI to later poetry and illustrate the changing views.

Story I chose 

Jessie Pope, The Call (1915)
The following poem is perhaps the best-known example of Jessie Popes jingoistic war poems, exhorting young men to enlist and save England, or be labeled cowards. Her reputation was such that Wilfred Owen originally entitled Dulce et Decorum Est as To Jessie Pope.
Whos for the trench 
Are you, my laddie?
Wholl follow French
Will you, my laddie?
Whos fretting to begin,
Whos going out to win?
And who wants to save his skin
Do you, my laddie?
Whos for the khaki suit
Are you, my laddie?
Who longs to charge and shoot
Do you, my laddie?
Whos keen on getting fit,
Who means to show his grit,
And whod rather wait a bit
Would you, my laddie?
Wholl earn the Empires thanks
Will you, my laddie?
Wholl swell the victors ranks
Will you, my laddie?
When that procession comes,
Banners and rolling drums
Wholl stand and bite his thumbs
Will you, my laddie?
Jessie Pope, War Girls (1916)
Like her poem The Call, Jessie Popes War Girls gives voice to jingoistic patriotism. But the language and action of the poem also revel in the opportunities for empowerment that the war has created for women: they are no longer caged and penned up, but tackling jobs with energy and knack. 
 Theres the girl who clips your ticket for the train,
And the girl who speeds the lift from floor to floor,
Theres the girl who does a milk-round in the rain,
And the girl who calls for orders at your door.
Strong, sensible, and fit,
Theyre out to show their grit,
And tackle jobs with energy and knack.
No longer caged and penned up,
Theyre going to keep their end up
Till the khaki boys come marching back.
Theres the motor girl who drives a heavy van,
Theres the butcher girl who brings your joint of meat,
Theres the girl who cries All fares, please! like a man,
And the girl who whistles taxis up the street.
Beneath each uniform
Beats a heart thats soft and warm,
Though of canny mother-wit they show no lack;
But a solemn statement this is,
Theyve no time for love and kisses
Till the khaki soldier boys come marching home. a strong sense of nationalism and optimism, but a few years into the war, those idealistic views changed, especially for the soldiers. Compare and contrast the early poetry of WWI to later poetry and illustrate the changing views.