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The Poet as Hero: A Study of the Clash Between the Hero and the First World War in British Trench Poetry, and Its Use in the Swedish School System Within the Subject of English.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Poeten som hjälte : En studie av konflikten mellan hjälten och det första världskriget i Brittisk skyttegravspoesi, och dess användning i det svenska skolsystemet inom ämnet Engelska. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies the clash between the hero and the First World War in the works of Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It explores the impact on their poetry and attitude towards the concept of the hero as it applied to them as people and poets. The study shows that over prolonged contact with the horrors of the First World War, it is evident in both literary sources and their poetry that both Sassoon and Owen changed their attitudes negatively towards both the idea of heroes and heroism, as well as the War as a just and glorious cause.  However, the myth of the hero was still a core belief of their society, and in order to not be branded cowards and discarded along with their warnings, they had to become heroes in the eyes of their society, to openly attack the concept and the war it fueled. This thesis then studies how and why First World War poetry and literature should be utilized within the subject of English in the Swedish School System, as a means to provide a multicultural and critical education. 

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2018. , p. 62
Keywords [en]
The Great War, The First World War, First World War Poetry, The hero in the First World War, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Trench Poetry, Poetry, First World War poetry in the Swedish education system, Heroes, Heroism, The hero in poetry, The hero as weapon, New Historicism, Critical Literature Pedagogy.
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Specific Literatures General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-76592DiVA, id: diva2:1229660
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English
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Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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Available from: 2018-07-04 Created: 2018-07-01 Last updated: 2018-07-04Bibliographically approved

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