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List of WW1 literature I have read
Drama:
Prose: · `Journey's End' ­ R.C. Sherriff
· `Birdsong' ­ Sebastian Faulks · `The Accrington Pals' ­ Peter Whelan
· `Private Peaceful' ­ Michael Morpurgo · `Black `Ell' ­ Miles Malleson
· `War Horse' ­ Michael Morpurgo · `The Silver Tassie' ­ Sean O'Casey
· `Strange Meeting' ­ Susan Hill · Oh! What a Lovely War! ­ Joan Littlewood
· `Regeneration' ­ Pat Barker · `Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching
· `All Quiet on the Western Front' ­ E rich Towards the Somme' ­ Frank McGuiness
Remarque · `Blackadder Goes Forth' ­ Elton, Curtis
Poetry: Other:
· Wilfred Owen Collection ·Vera Brittain ­ `Testament of Youth'
· Rupert Brooke ­ `The Soldier'
· Siegfried Sassoon ­ `A Working Party'
· Jessie Pope ­ `Who's for the game?'
· Vera Brittain ­ `Tawny Island'
· Herbert Read ­ `To a Conscript of 1940'…read more

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Prose
Birdsong ­ British, Anti War, Male
Author: Sebastian Faulks
When: 1993
Outline: Follows the tale of Stephen Wraysford at different stages throughout his life, both before and during WW1. Provides
a romantic aspect before the war and also a brutal aspect during the scenes in the war.
Main messages:
Futility of war
Destruction of war on relationships
Brutal trench life
Horrors of war
Psychological and physical effects of war on soldiers
Effects of war on future
Abuse of power
Main quotes:
"Weir alone had made the war bearable" (Stephen)
"I just want to die in peace" (Jack)
"Weir was like a puppet, its limbs shooting out" (narrative)
"This is not a war, this is an exploration of how far men can be degraded" (Stephen)
"He found it difficult to think of words of encouragement or inspiration when he himself did not believe there was a
purpose to the war or an end in sight" (Stephen)
"They had seen things no human eyes had looked on before, and they had not turned their gaze away" (Stephen)
"Frightened to befriend in case their bodies came apart the next day in front of his eyes" (Stephen)
[wire hasn't been cut] "It's a staff cockup. Haig, Rawlinson, the lot. Don't tell your men, Wraysford. Don't tell them, just
pray for them" (Gray)…read more

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Prose
Birdsong
Literary Techniques
Imagery "like a puppet" ­ provides a brutal aspect to the novel
Foreboding ­ the use of `evil' birds (e.g. crows and ravens) early on in the book provides the sense that
something bad is going to happen
Progressive verbs "climbing" "running" "shooting" ­ soldiers are stuck in time/cycle of war that they
cannot escape.
Comparisons
Similar to... Contrasts to...
Wilfred Owen collection ­ brutality and futility of war ` Jessie Pope `Who's for the game?' ­ shows patriotism
instead of futility
`Strange Meeting' by Susan Hill ­ shows the effects of
war on relationships
`Journey's End' R.C. Sherriff ­ psychological effects of
war on soldiers
`Blackadder Goes Forth' Elton and Curtis ­ trench life
and death
`The Silver Tassie' Sean O'Casey ­ physical and
psychological effects of war on soldiers…read more

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Prose
Private Peaceful ­ British, Anti War, Male
Author: Michael Morpurgo
When: 2003
Outline: follows the tale of two brothers, Charlie and Tommo Peaceful, as Thomas Peaceful looks back at his life from the
front line during WW1. While Tommo is writing in his diary, Charlie Peaceful is preparing for his court martial for
disobeying the order of a Sergeant.
Main messages:
Futility of war
Unfair treatment of soldiers (abuse of power)
Destruction of war on relationships
Comradeship
Innocence
Courage and cowardice
love
Main quotes:
"I've even seen larks over no-man's land. I always found hope in that." (Tommo)
"I thought [...] how Molly would admire me, might even love me, if I joined up..." (Tommo)
"He was not a big man, but he had eyes of steel that bore into us, and a lashing snarl in his voice that terrified us" (Tommo
on Sergeant Hanley)
"Insubordination in time of war could be seen as mutiny and that mutiny was punishable by death, by the firing squad"
(Tommo)
"I should be able by now to fight off sleep. I've done it often enough" (Tommo)
"Private Peaceful will die, will be shot for cowardice in the face of the enemy at 6o'clock on the morning of 25th June
1916"
"I can see his smile in the dark and my fear is gone at once"
"I could believe only in the hell I was living in, a hell on earth, and it was man-made, not God-made" (Tommo)…read more

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Prose
Private Peaceful
Literary techniques:
Dramatic irony ­ Tommo goes to fight in the Battle of the Somme, where he unknowingly going to
witness and participate in one of the biggest and most tragic battles the British army has ever faced.
Imagery ­ "eyes of steel" "lashing snarl in his voice that terrified us" animal imagery/metaphors ­
exaggerate the appearance of Sergeant Hanley and make him seem agressive, powerful and
domineering, like a wolf or lion.
Similar to... Contrasts to...
Wilfred Owen collection ­ futility of war, `inspection' = Jessie Pope `Who's for the game?' ­ shows patriotism
abuse of power instead of futility
`Strange Meeting' by Susan Hill ­ shows the effects of
war on relationships
`Blackadder Goes Forth' Elton and Curtis ­ trench life
and death…read more

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pearle45

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