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

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About Words Infinitum- A Teacher's Haven

Am I a bird for Maya Angelou? If yes, why do I and so many of you around me feel caged? why not free? Am I a free spirit, then?If yes, then why don't I locate my limits? Because I can see I have lost the way. The quest for enlightenment is taking me acknowledge just Him ..and this strife just becomes so rewarding and so assuringly peaceful when I see myself having adopted His favourite occupation- the one he designated to his prophets. What is obstructing this self -actualization?
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