English Literature Unseen Poets - Frost and Owen

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What is the background of Robert Frost? (mid1800s-mid1900s)
He had an unhappy life as his father died when he was young and lots of his children died before him as well. He worked as a teacher and ran a farm and spent most of his life in the USA. He read one of his poems at the inauguration of Kennedy in 1961
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What themes are often presented in his poems?
Nature, ageing and everyday life.
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What did Frost believe about nature and ageing?
He believed that nature could have a huge effect on people and he often wrote about the loss of youth. He wrote about young people taking their freedom and innocence for granted.
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Why did he write about everyday experiences?
His poems focus on normal people having normal experiences, as he found deeper meaning in these experiences. He writes realistically, making the poems accessible to all.
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What devices are often used in Frost's work?
He used simple language, description and techniques.
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What did writing simply allow Frost to do?
Writing simply allowed Frost to explore complex emotions and themes like loss and death in a way that people could understand.
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What are Frost's descriptions like?
His poems contain detailed descriptions of scenes, people or conversations, which emphasises the poem's setting and characters.
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What techniques does Frost often use?
He uses assonance and alliteration, so his poems work best when read aloud.
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What is the background of Wilfred Owen? (late1800s-early1900s)
Owen joined the army in 1914 + fought in France. He had a break down in 1917 (shellshock) and was sent to a hospital where he met Siegfried Sassoon, who influenced his work. He died a week before the war's end in 1918.
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What themes did Owen include in his poems?
He often wrote about the reality of war and injury.
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What did he try to portray by writing about 'the reality of war'?
Many people at home saw the war as glorious/noble and other poems supported these views. Owen attacked this propaganda in his poems by writing realistically about what it was like (painful, disgusting and terrifying).
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What did he write about injury?
Owen's poems show the horrid effects of the war on the soldiers fighting it. These include physical and mental injuries. He often uses damage to landscapes to symbolise damage to the body.
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What devices did Owen use in his poetry?
He used a strong narrative, imagery, sound patterns and direct speech.
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Explain what is meant by narrative.
Owen often told a story in his poems, often about an individual soldier. This helps the reader to connect with the poem, because they can focus on one man rather than millions.
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Why was his use of imagery so effectual?
Owen used vivid imagery to show realistic images of injury, suffering and death to make the readers understand the reality of war.
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What is meant by sound patterns?
Owen used strong rhyme schemes, alliteration, onomatopoeia and assonance. These techniques are forceful and emphasise the horror he describes.
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Why is his use of direct speech effectual?
The direct speech helps the reader to feel as if they're actually there and gives a voice to all of the individual soldiers who died.
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