Paper 3:Poetry-Themes of War

AS Level Literature in English

Course No. 9695

Paper 3 Poetry Section

Section 5, Songs of Ourselves

Poems on the theme of War

  1. Anthem for Doomed Youth- Wilfred owen
  2. My Dreams are of a Field Afar- A.E. Houseman
  3. Attack-Siegfried Sassoon
  4. Cambodia- James Fenton
  5. You Cannot Do This- Gwendolyn MacEwen
  6. Reservist- Boey Kim Cheng
Pre-Reading Activities
How ugly is the true face of war? What actually is the human cost involved? In this blind game ,to quench the thirst of power , what are the little fingers that are being trampled upon? Yes ,  a modern reader is aware of all these grotesque implications of wars, invasions and attack, as we are doomed to live and breath , when millions are charred to death in any distant or nearby region of earth. We are bound to celebrate a birth in our family when that idiot box runs a commentary on a newly found mass grave, circa 1946…this is the irony of life! We know, we read, we feel we understand , we attempt these poems as part of our courses..and we move ahead…IN LIFE.

Anthem for Doomed Youth- Wilfred owen

My Dreams are of a Field Afar- A.E. Houseman

Attack-Siegfried Sassoon

Cambodia- James Fenton

You Cannot Do This- Gwendolyn MacEwen

Reservist- Boey Kim Cheng


About Ms. N's Rhyme and Reason

Hi, In the beginning was the word. Hence begins the history of humankind, in all domains of evolution. The thriving of civilizations has depended on how articulate were their teachers- the ones who descended with the learned art to their offspring generations. This phenomenon of transmitting of genetic code of learning has been at the heart of my inspiration to teach. This art somehow has transformed into a mantra for me, and it has never ceased to amaze me. Although to become a perfect teacher one might take a lifetime, but if one tries to be perfect, one negates the reason to experiment and fail. Hence, I may have faltered in some of my approaches, but my aspiration has been to try rectifying the short-coming, to connect again with the subject-matter and my pupils, to demystify the intended outcome, to enthuse the learners again, and to keep the cycle going.
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