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GCE English Literature A (2740). Unit 1: Texts in Context – World War One Literature (LTA1B). ‘The Spirit of the Age’. The context of war writing…. The realities of war. ‘Over by Christmas’. 1914-1918. 25 000 soldiers sent to help the French at The Western Front in 1914.

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GCE English Literature A (2740)

  • Unit 1: Texts in Context – World War One Literature (LTA1B)


‘The Spirit of the Age’

The context of war writing…


The realities of war...

‘Over by Christmas’

1914-1918

  • 25 000 soldiers sent to help the French at The Western Front in 1914

‘Now all roads lead to France

And heavy is the tread

Of the living; but the dead

Returning lightly dance…’

‘The war to end all wars.’


The Battle of The Somme

July 1st 1916

57 000 men hit on first day

20 000 died

No gain was made


Man's inhumanity to man


‘Earth waited for them

All the time of their growth

Fretting for their decay:’


‘Life contracts and death is expected,’


‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,’


‘Gas! Gas! Quick boys,

An ecstasy of fumbling…’


‘Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge…’


Women


Patriotism


‘If I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England…’


Politics


The physical, mental and spiritual consequences.


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