Write a letter to Sassoon or Owen telling them that their vision, their ideas are still sorely needed in the world today.

Dear Mr Owen:

I just want to start off by saying that I admire your poetry greatly as it not only connotes the true morality and reality of war, but your message is still relevant to modern warfare. Your poems, Futility and Anthem for Doomed Youth question the purpose of war, how people perceive war, and its place in society.

In the first stanza of Futility, you use powerful, descriptive language to depict the beautiful, natural aspects of life, like the sun, the snow, and the stars, which emphasises your celebratory attitude to life, and the miraculousness of how the universe evolved. In contrast, the last stanza implicitly questions how humanity has taken life for granted by creating pointless and destructive wars. Similarly, in the first stanza of Anthem for Doomed Youth, you repeatedly state the destructive outcomes of war: “Only the monstrous anger of the guns”, which conflicts with the pre WWI propaganda of war. In other words, bloodshed, genocide, and violence should not be romanticised or viewed as heroic.

The person in the photo below is Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy who died in hospital from severe injuries due to an air strike hitting his home:

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In light of all the incidents of war in the Middle East, and in every part of the world, your ideas need to be read and understood by everyone, because war does not result in peace or justice.

To conclude, I want to commend you for expressing your significant thoughts about humanity and war in your poetry.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne

 

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