AQA English Literature World War One Wider Reading Quotes.

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    • Effects Of War
      • Physical Effects
        • Poetry
          • Wilfred Owen - 'Disabled': "He noticed how the women's eyes, Passed from him to the strong men that were whole."
        • Play
          • Rachel Wagstaff - 'Birdsong': "His head opening up bright red" "Boy in a shell hole, begging for water, his mouth shot to pieces."
        • Prose
          • Pat Barker - 'Toby's Room': "The air was tainted by the smell of gangrene."
      • Mental Effects
        • Play
          • R. C. Sherriff - 'Journey's End': "if I went up the stairs into the front line – without being doped with whisky – I’d go mad with fright."
          • R. C. Sherriff - 'Journey's End': "You think there's no limit to what a man can bear?"
        • Prose
          • Maude Onions - 'A Woman at War': "The stricken soul of France seemed to have lost even the desire to rejoice."
        • Poetry
          • Siegfried Sassoon - 'Survivors' "No doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain, Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk."
    • Politics
      • Prose
        • Siegfried Sassoon - 'Sassoon's Declaration': "I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it."
      • Play
        • R. C. Sherriff - 'Journey's End': "As long as the Brigadier's pleased."
      • Poetry
        • Rudyard Kipling - 'Common Form': "If any questions why we died,Tell them, because our fathers lied."
    • Recruitment
      • Prose
        • Vera Brittain - 'Testament of Youth': "If a man cannot be useful to his country, he is better off dead."
      • Play
        • Peter Whelan - 'The Accrington Pals': "Ralph told me how you went to the recruiting office and tried to get him off."
      • Poetry
        • E. A. Mackintosh - 'Recruiting' "Lads you're wanted. Come and die."
        • Jessie Pope - 'The Call': "Who'll earn the Empires thanks - Wil you, my laddie?"
    • Man's Inhumanity To Man
      • Play
        • Rachel Wagstaff - 'Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong': Stephen: "Even when we blow each other to bits the birds keep on singing."
      • Prose
        • Paul Nash - Letter: "No glimpse of God's hand is seen anywhere"
      • Poetry
        • Wilfred Owen - 'Spring Offensive' "And instantly the whole sky burned, With fury against them; and soft sudden cups, Opened in thousands for their blood"
    • Trenches
      • Poetry
        • Sigfried Sassoon - 'Suicide in the Trenches': "In winter trenches, cowed and glum,With crumps and lice and lack of rum,He put a bullet through his brain.No one spoke of him again."
      • Play
        • R. C. Sherriff - 'Journey's End': "A dug-out got blown up and came down in the men's tea. They were frightfully annoyed."
        • R.C.Sherriff - 'Journey's End': "Mustn't hang your legs too low or the rats gnaw your boots."
      • Prose
        • Erich Maria Remarque - 'All Quiet on the Western Front': "We lie under the network of arching shells and live in a suspense of uncertainty"
        • Wilfred Owen - 'Last Letter to his Mother': "So thick are the inmates that  I can barely write."    "Ghastly Glimmering of the guns outside and the hollow crashing of the shells."
    • Home Front
      • Prose
        • Helen Thomas - 'World Without End': "If I'm not back in time you'd better get someone to help you with the digging."
      • Play
        • Peter Whelan - 'The Accrington Pals': "You've got to realise the war's taken your father away and your mother's that worried. She wants some support from you."
      • Poetry
        • Siegfried Sassoon - 'Suicide in the Trenches': "Sneak home and pray you'll never know, The hell where youth and laughter go."
        • Jessie Pope - 'War Girls': "They're going to keep their end up, 'Til the khaki soldier boys come marching back."
    • Roles Of Women
      • Prose
        • Pat Barker - 'Toby's Room': "The girls who handed white feathers to Toby."
      • Play
        • Blackadder: "I want to do my bit for the boys."
      • Poetry
        • Jessie Pope - 'War Girls': "There's the girl who clips your ticket for the train, And the girl who speeds the lift from floor to floor"  "Strong, sensible, and fit, They're out to show their grit."

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