Task 1: The following questions are just a guide for you to prepare a presentations on war poetry.
- What is war poetry?
- Name some war poets and famous poems.
- How are soldiers typically portrayed? Is there a common theme which unites the various countries? What do these representations tell us about the society which produced such an image?
- What are the roles which children played in wartime propaganda” Why were children “essential victims” in the war?
- What was the role played by women in war times?
- What is the typical message/imagery in war poems?
- What are Sassoon‘s views of the war, of the soldier, and of death created in his poems?
- Some literary historians have argued that of the war poets, Wilfred Owen is the better poet. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
- Overall, what value does poetry have for the historian of war? Can poetry be used to examine the nature of the war experience, and if so, how? Are there other sources which are “better” for the study of war, and if so what/why?
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Task 2: Together we´ll analyse the following poem
The Death Bed BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON
Task 3: Group work
Each group will be in charge of analysing a war poem and teach it to the class.
Task 4: Think of a war, or conflict today. Find a poem which deals with that topic. Share it with the class.
Task 5: Prepare a post in your blog which includes the presentation on war poetry, the poem analysed in class , all the poems presented by each and every group and the poem on a current conflict or war!