How Far Do You Agree That the Poems Represent a Bitter Mood Amongst Women

The collection of ???Scars Upon My Heart??™ gives a voice to the women of the war, which therefore shows a variation in the feelings, and opinions of the war. It is surprising that so few of the women portray a bitter tone towards the war.I partly agree with this statement as women are going to feel slightly bitter in some form, as they have to send their men away without knowing when or if they are going to return. On the other hand, I also disagree with this statement as some poems from the collection represent that some women have a positive opinion on the war and that it has changed their lives for the better. The first poem that agrees with this statement is Lament of the Demobilised by Vera Brittan, which is a modern poem, which is based around a speech. This poem does not show bitterness towards the men but towards society.
It strongly reflects how the people felt about the war. The word ???Lament??™ in the title of the poem shows that the poem is a song of grief and disappointment.
Another poem that agrees with this statement is ???The Jingo Woman??™ by Helen Hamilton. This is also a modern poem, which is based around a speech. The words ???Jingo Woman??™ means any war-promoting woman therefore showing that the poem is going to be bitter towards those who are not at war.
The final poem is ???Munition Wages??™ by Madeline Bedford. This poem is a dramatic monologue from the point of view of a woman who was working in the munition factory during the war. It is a very direct poem, which is also very humorous which shows that poets were able to write about the war in a positive light. Poems like these gave a voice to the woman of the war.???Lament of the Demobilised??™ is all one stanza, which could represent that the thoughts and feelings continued to run throughout the poem instead of being disjointed, which could show confusion. The poem is mostly structured around a conversation with society, the words??™ they forgot??™ show the disappointment that they are feeling towards the people who did nothing to help those that were fighting in the war.
There is also a focus of time in this poem. The poem starts with ???Four years??™, which again, could represent bitterness towards as the men have been parted from their loved ones for so long. It also shows the length of time that society sat back and let others fight for their country for.
???The Jingo Woman??™ is also a flowing poem, which emphasises that she felt very strongly about the war, as her thoughts were constant. Throughout the poem there are also uses of brackets, which indicate her thoughts towards society. This is also represented by the use of indentations, she may have had an initial feeling, which is shared as a normal line in the poem, and then the further thoughts, which are linked, could be the indentations.
???Munition Wages??™ is split up into nine equal stanzas. The general tone of the poem is very upbeat until we reach the final stanza where the mood changed completely into something that is dark and miserable as the poet says ???If I??™m blown to the sky??™ which reflects the way in which some of the soldiers were killed on the front line.The language in ???Lament of the Demobilised??™ creates a bitter tone throughout. The punctuation that Brittan uses emphasises that she is angry towards the woman of the wartime ???A very fine experience for you!??™. The use of the exclamation mark shows that she wants to make a clear point of her feelings towards the women. This quotation could also be seen as a use of irony. Brittan is mocking the women who are enjoying the war lifestyle yet they should be worried for their men.
There is also a sense of bitterness as it seems that the civilians view it as a mistake for anyone who chooses to go to war ???The more fool you. The word ???fool??™ implies that the soldiers are seen as stupid for risking their lives but really they are fighting for their country. This could also be viewed as the way in which civilians tell themselves that it is ok that they are not fighting as they may loose their life.
Brittan also portrays a bitter tone towards society, as she believes that it is wrong that the men who have stayed on the home front are being recognised for their work yet those who have been on the battlefield are not ???We come home and found they have achieved and men revered their names??™. This creates the impression that society only viewed the ones who had created something materialistic, as they were the ones who had achieved, whereas really it was the men on the front line who had achieved for themselves and for their country. The language used in ???The Jingo Woman??™ also represents a bitter tone from the poet. Firstly, there are signs of anger and bitterness to the men who have not gone to war ???(How I dislike you!) dealer in white feathers??™. The use of the brackets in this poem indicates the real thoughts and feelings of the poet. Hamilton also talks of ???white feathers??™ which at the time was a way to shame people in public, therefore using them towards the men would show everyone that they were the ones that had not gone to fight.
Hamilton creates the impression that women are seen as incapable of doing what they want ???you make women seem such duffers??™. The word ???duffers??™ adds a colloquial tone to the poem, which could mean that the poet wanted to the poem to have clearer meaning to the audience. The world ???duffer??™ also implies that women were seen as idiots and stupid people.
Bitterness who also portrayed as there is a sense of disappointment that not everyone would want to fight for their country; ???As you, young man, are not in khaki! Heavens! I wonder you??™re alive. Hamilton may wonder if the man deserves to be alive if he is not willing to fight for his country. The expression ???Heavens!??™ could create the idea that God believes that every man should be at war and therefore calling to him shows the desperation for Hamilton. ???Munition Wages??™ has no use of bitter language towards the war only positive attitudes. The woman in the poem believes that he life has been completely changed for the better as a result of the war; ???five quid a week. A woman, too, mind you, I calls it dim sweet??™. At the time when the poem was written the word ???dim??™ was considered a way of swearing therefore showing that the money she was making made a considerable difference to her life. The amount of money that she made ???five quid??™ was also a large sum for during the wartime.
The women also understands that her job in the factory may cost her life but is willing to risk it because of the amount of fun that she has had a result of the men going off to fight. ???A touch-and-go-bizz. We??™re all her today, mate, Tomorrow perhaps dead??™. The use of the word ???mate??™ adds a colloquial tone to the poem meaning that the audience may then be able to connect with the poet. It is also clear that the woman is not fazed by the prospect of loosing her life because of her job. This may be because she is so happy with the life that she has had and now considers her dying as payment for it. The woman also says ?????™If I??™m blown to the sky. This may relate to the saying ???I??™m feeling as high as the sky??™ to reflect her extent of happiness for everything that the war has done to her life. In conclusion, there are a variety of tones throughout the collection of poems and although they are all based around the theme of war this does not mean that they all have a bitter tone because of the sadness of the war itself, some portray that there are positives for a variety of people.

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