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The Influence of World War II on British Poetry

***** World War II, poetry became a vehicle of expression that was significant because the bombing ***** London left individuals feeling anxious, fearful, and without a voice. The definition of ***** and poets expanded throughout this time because ***** war made all men ***** in their own right. Those who could not take up arms took up their pens *****stead and those who witnessed war used poetry as an instrument of release. Poetry became an outlet that was not only accessible to every m***** but also essential in some cases because it provided a means of coping with the devastating effects of *****. ***** was no longer an intellectual art; ***** war transformed ***** to an art that ***** by the common man, of ***** common *****, and for the common man.

The poetry of this era became a vehicle ***** expression ***** those that could not ***** ***** arms and participate in the war. The poetry also serves as a voice of fear and coping ***** the war ***** its consequences. The first lines of "London and Dresden" illustrate this intense emotion with the words, "They bombed London during ***** blitz/As frightened people, cursing Fritz,/Tearfully listened ***** the ominous, exploding sound" (McAnear 1-3). In "Since My Older Bro*****rs Fought," the speaker recognizes his brother's sacrifice. We sense his appreciation when he says, "Since my older brothers fought/I can march without a gun/Or the fear of bullets over head!" (1-3). Here the poem becomes a voice of *****ppreciation for those ***** fought so that others might taste freedom.

***** no doubt ***** as an outlet ***** many. While poets wrote for those who could not fight or express themselves, they al***** wrote about their ***** experiences. In "Chavasse's Light Horse," the speaker provides us with intimate details of ***** personal experience with ***** Recce Corps. He tells us, "Training with Mortars, Radio cars and carriers/***** learnt to scout and run like harriers" (Newton 9-10). With ***** poem, we become aware of the massive amount of travel that was involved with being a British soldier. The speaker recounts his ********** in North Africa, Egypt, and Italy. The poem concludes with the speaker saying:

***** let us not forget those men

Whom we would never see again

Troopers, NCO's and Officers too

Who are now memories to me and you. (78-81)

Here we see how the ***** is esteeming those ***** fought and urging us to do the same.

***** Robert Tee's *****, "That Something," the speaker takes the opportunity to revere soldiers that fought in ***** war. He tells ***** that they have a certain *****thing that we ***** never have. That something, he notes, is "born midst shot and shell,/develops ***** grows in times of bloody hell" (Tee 15-6). Here ***** see the poet speak*****g for the *****. He recognizes ***** angu*****h that war brings and ack*****ledges how soldiers bear so much more than civilians can ever imagine. He writes:

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