Essay about The Most Popular Literary Genre Across The World War I

907 Words Jul 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Following World War I, the most popular literary genre across the world was post-war (Steere). Many authors of this time focused on the sadness, horror, or other emotions that came with war, though some left ambiguity as to exactly how they felt. Four of the authors during this time, having different locations in various wars, were Anna Akhmatova, Randall Jarrell, Marco Vesovic, and W. B. Yeats. Akhmatova, a Russian, and Yeats, an Irishman, each encountered the turmoil caused by World War 1. However, Jarrell writes from an American standpoint about World War 2 and Vesovic, born in Montenegro, speaks about the Serb siege of Sarajevo (Steere). The themes of four poems written by these authors are all the same: war. Yet, the tones and literary devices used vary amongst them. Nonetheless, their opposition to war is seen throughout and pulls emotion from their readers. In both “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” by Yeats and “Why is This Age Worse?…” by Akhmatova, war (specifically World War 1) is called out and questioned. The authors use their poetry to ask what the point is and how war helps anyone. For example, Yeats writes, “No likely end could bring them loss / Or leave them happier than before” (7-8). Prior to this statement, he had talked about his countrymen and being in the war. The purpose of this line is to question how any outcome of the war could be beneficial to those involved. With war, comes death, pain, and sorrow to all participants. The difference seen…

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