Rhetorical Themes In Henry Pope's The Call Pope

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Register to read the introduction… Her constant uses of the question- ‘will you my laddie?’ and her use of ‘My Laddie’ almost suggests that going to the war would be a way to impress the ladies on the home front because it was heroic and noble. A similar belief in expressed in her poem, The Beau Ideal which literally means the perfect beauty and according to Pope would be the lad that- ‘Must be in shabby khaki dight
To compass her affection’
‘Who's proved that he is brittle’
Or –
Must her have one member in a sling
Or, preferably, missing

This poem would was used to convince men to fight the war because women now preferred Soldiers but must have been very offensive to those who fought the war.
Since Jessie Pope herself was extremely patriotic, she believed that one should fight for the country- ‘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’ And she was also certain that England was going to win the war and when She did, that all these soldiers would be honoured.
‘When that procession comes,
Banners and rolling drums-
Who'll stand and bite his thumbs-
Will you, my laddie?’
And like she does in ‘Who’s for the game?’, she asks -at this point of time would the people rather be with among those who are being honoured or stand among those who
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She doesn’t believe that men should be shamed into the war just because they are men.

‘Can’t you see it isn’t decent,
To flout and goad men into doing,
What is not asked of you?’ Aside from the Jingoist writers, a whole range of poetry was written by women who worked on the war front as nurses among them being Vera Brittain who and Eva Dobell, Both who served in The Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse. Some of their works reflect the things they encountered while working. Some were about heroism and some were about the pain and agony that the soldiers suffered.
Eva Dobell wrote ‘Night duty’, ‘Pluck’ and ‘Gramophones’ which take an account of things she may have encountered while working at the hospitals. ‘Pluck’ emphasis on the fact that young people were brainwashed into enlisting into the army. She speaks of a seventeen year old-

‘His great eyes seems to question why: with both legs smashed it might have been
Better in that grim trench to

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