English Literature WW1 quotes

Quotes for WW1 AS English literature taken from; Journey's End, Black 'Ell, Regeneration, Generals die in bed and various poems mainly from the anthology 'Up the line to death'

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  • Created on: 19-05-11 19:10

Realities Of War - Prose/drama

  • "I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it" Siegfried Sassoon's Decleration
  • (soldiers) "are tearing one another to pieces in screaming agony" Harold - Black 'Ell
  • "God, no. Generals die in bed" Generals Die in Bed
  • "Each of us feels an icy fear gripping at the heart" Generals Die in Bed
  • "The image of Karl, he who died on my bayonet, seems to stand before 
  • my eyes." Generals Die in Bed
  • "The bayonet makes a messy job of it" Broadbent - Generals Die in Bed
  • "He's been out here a long time. It - it tells on a man - rather badly" Osborne - Journey's End
  • "How can i sit down and eat that - when - when osborne's - lying out there" Raleigh - Journey's End
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Realitites of War - Poetry

  • "Wars Hell!" A Dead Boche - Robert Graves
  • "What passing bells for those who die as cattle?" Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen
  • "He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning" 
  • "His white eyes writhing in his face" Dulce et Decorum est - Wilfred Owen
  • "I'd toddle safely home and die - in bed" Base Details - Siegfried Sassoon
  •  "Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead" The General - Siegfried Sassoon
  •  "More poor devils like yourselves waiting to be killed by you" 
  • "Lads you're wanted. Come and die." Recruitiing - E A Mackintosh
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Role of Women - Prose/drama

  • "They seemed to have changed so much during the war, to have expanded in all kinds of ways, whereas men over the same period had shrunk into a smaller and smaller space" Regeneration
  • "He both envied and despised her, and was quite coldly determined to get her. They owed him something, all of them, and she should pay" Prior about Sarah - Regeneration
  • "You could've been a lady's maid if you'd stuck to in" Sarah's mother - Regeneration
  • "Simply by being there, by being that inconsequential, infinitely powerful creature: a pretty girl, she had made everything worse" - Regeneration
  • "They say we're taking jobs off them and that we'll want to be drivers next" Accrington Pals
  • "We got a terrific day. Making munitions all morning" Margery - Black 'Ell
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Role of Women

  • "She is an excellent companion for a soldier on leave.She does not mention the war." Generals Die in Bed
  • "i just prayed to come through the war - and - do things - and keep absolutely fit for her." Stanhope - Journey's End 


  • "You love us when we're heroes, home on leave"
  • "You can't believe that British troops 'retire' when hells last horror breaks them" Glory of Women - Siegfried Sassoon
  • "Now he will never feel again how slim girls' waists are, or how warm their subtle hands, all of them touch him like some queer disease."
  • "To-night he noticed how the women's eyes passed from him to the strong men that were whole."Disabled Wilfred Owen
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Home Front

  • "It's wonderful how it's brought all classes and people together" Margery - Black 'Ell
  • "Them! 'Uns!! They're not worth nothink" Ethel - Black 'Ell
  • "We are proud of you, and we are thankful to you for the way you've been protecting your home, and your country, and all she stands for." Mr Gould - Black 'Ell


  • "Happy is England in the brave that die" Happy is England Now - John Freeman
  • "Girls with feathers, vulgar songs - washy verse on England's need" Recruiting - E.A.Mackintosh
  • "Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played, the red crashing game of a fight? "
  •  "Who would much rather come back with a crutch than lie low and be out of the fun?" Whose for the Game - Jessie Pope 
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Anti-War - Prose/drama

  • "I have seen and endured the suffering of the troops, and i can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which i believe to be evil and unjust" Siegfried Sassoon's Decleration
  • "It ought to be stopped..." 
  • "the statesmen, and the newspaper men, and the parson, and the clever writers in all the countries who keep it going - put them in a room - with knives - sharp knives - and let them hurt one another" "My God, they'd want to stop soon enough" Harold - Black 'Ell
  • "I cannot formulate my hatred of these people.  My head is fuzzy but I feel that people should not be sitting laughing at jokes about plum and apple jam when boys are dying out in France." Generals Die in Bed
  • "It still had to be done. You can't just acquiesce" Siegfried Sassoon - Regeneration
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  • "stand in with Osborne and Trotter and Raleigh. Don't you think it worth standing in with men like that?" Stanhope - Journey's End
  • "You don't think you might find being safe while other people die rather difficult?" Rivers - Regeneration


  • "Show me the two so closely bound as we, by the wet bond of blood, by friendship blossoming from mud" Two Fusiliers - Robert Graves
  • Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch ; be yours to hold it high" In Flanders Field - John Mcrae
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Anti-War - Poetry

  • "What passing bells for those who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns" Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen
  • The old lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" Dulce et Decorum est - Wilfred Owen
  • "I'd like to see a Tank come down the stalls, lurching to rag-time tunes, or 'Home, sweet Home', and there be no more jokes in the Music-halls to mock the riddled corpses round Bapaume"  Blighters - Siegfried Sassoon
  • "Fat civilians wishing they 'Could go and fight the Hun.' Can't you see them thanking God that they're over forty one?" Recruiting - E.A.Mackintosh
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Death Prose/Drama

  • "I watched the life die out of his eyes" Harold - Black 'Ell 
  • "I did have one," She said "Loos" Sarah - Regeneration
  • "You think i don't care - you think you're the only soul that cares!" Stanhope - Journey's End
  • "Why did I stand frozen as the MO told me that Cleary was 
  • dying? Why did tears choke me"
  • "We hang on so 
  • pitifully to life as it slips away.  Our lives are stolen--taken 
  • from us unawares." 
  • Generals Die in Bed
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Death - Poetry

  • "It may be he shall take my hand and lead me into his dark land"
  • "I shall not fail that rendezvous" Rendezvous - Alan Seeger
  • "I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight. He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning" Dulce et Decorum est - Wilfred Owen
  • "Lads, you're wanted. Come and die" Recruiting - E.A.Mackintosh
  • "What passing bells for those who die as cattle?" Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen
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