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War Poetry: Jessie Pope

Year 10 English | Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT]

Source: Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval. (IWM, 2019). Insert image: Jessie Pope.

Level 1 resource"The ‘war poet’ and ‘war poetry’, observed Robert Graves in 1942, were ‘terms first used in World War I and perhaps peculiar to it’. From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between 1914 and 1918, it established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species." (Das, 2014)

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings
  • Students will understand that poetry is a deliberate form of language where structural and linguistic features combine to create meaning.
  • Students will understand that the poetry of war has a long tradition in literature.
  • Students will understand that meaning may change depending on the context, culture and linguistic understanding of the reader.
Essential Questions
  • How is poetry different to prose?
  • How can we create meaning with language?

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War Poetry | Jessie Pope: Quick facts

Jessie Pope (18 March 1868 – 14 December 1941)Level 1

War Poetry | Jessie Pope: Articles

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War Poetry | Jessie Pope: eBooks

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War Poetry | Jessie Pope: Poems

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Who's for the Game?

Jessie Pope

Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played,
The red crashing game of a fight?
Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid?
And who thinks he’d rather sit tight?
Who’ll toe the line for the signal to ‘Go!’?
Who’ll give his country a hand?
Who wants a turn to himself in the show?
And who wants a seat in the stand?
Who knows it won’t be a picnic – not much-
Yet eagerly shoulders a gun?
Who would much rather come back with a crutch
Than lie low and be out of the fun?
Come along, lads –
But you’ll come on all right –
For there’s only one course to pursue,
Your country is up to her neck in a fight,
And she’s looking and calling for you.

 

Source: Pope, J. (1915) Who's for the Game?. Retrieved from https://allpoetry.com/Who%27s-for-the-Game-


Source

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In text reference / citation: Literature Today UK (2017) or (Literature Today UK, 2017)
Bibliography / Reference list: Literature Today UK (2017). Who's for the Game? by Jessie Pope, [eVideo]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/aA8U-Aj1Ix4

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War Girls

Jessie Pope

Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played,
There's the girl who clips your ticket for the train,
  And the girl who speeds the lift from floor to floor,
There's the girl who does a milk-round in the rain,
  And the girl who calls for orders at your door.
    Strong, sensible, and fit,
    They're out to show their grit,
  And tackle jobs with energy and knack.
    No longer caged and penned up,
    They're going to keep their end up
  Till the khaki soldier boys come marching back.

There's the motor girl who drives a heavy van,
  There's the butcher girl who brings your joint of meat,
There's the girl who cries 'All fares, please!' like a man,
  And the girl who whistles taxis up the street.
    Beneath each uniform
    Beats a heart that's soft and warm,
  Though of canny mother-wit they show no lack;
    But a solemn statement this is,
    They've no time for love and kisses
  Till the khaki soldier-boys come marching back.

 

Source: Pope, J. (1915) War Girls. Retrieved from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57296/war-girls


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