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Essay Plan. How Representative is ‘Dead Man’s Dump’ of the poetry of ww1? Compare this poem with two or three other poems, or select more widely from the collection

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Essay Plan.
How Representative is ‘Dead Man’s Dump’ of the poetry of WW1? Compare this poem with two or three other poems, or select more widely from the collection.

-Representing soldiers’ attitude towards death of other soldiers.

-Revealing truth about the realities of War.

-Authors opinion, centered strongly around his views.

-Shows disrespect towards the “honourable” soldiers who have given their lives for the sake of their country.

-Those who are nearly dead are treated as corpses anyway, no effort to help them or ease their pain, there is a lack of respect for them, they are seen as useless.

-War and horror carries on the same, no day-to-day change of this.

-Both sides of the war are equal in death, just bodies, corpses, seen useless to the War effort so aren’t mourned over or even identified as a person anymore.


-Strongly negative tone, somewhat sarcastic, detached tone also.

-Carefree attitude, describing gore and horror but remaining with lack of sentiment, indifferent.

-Representing attitude (towards the dead/nearly dead) of the solider through author’s attitude.

-Adopting their attitude as his own somewhat.

-Attitude of normality, shows how events occurring are usual/everyday happenings for the soldiers.

-The living are thankful to be alive, always aware of the underlying fear of death, can come at them at any minute.

-Contains 12 stanzas, amount of lines in each varies, from 5-9 but usually around 6/7 lines long.

-No consistent rhyming pattern, odd words seem to rhyme randomly.

-Length of lines varies somewhat, but mostly remain consistent, corresponds to rhythm and such, urgency.


-Horrific, gruesome language is used, describes everything in detail, “our wheels grazed his dead face.”

-Strong assertive language, gets his point across well.

-Metaphors and alliteration are techniques that are used often and efficiently, as well as enjambment.

-“The swift burning bee, drained the wild honey of their youth”.

-Personification of the earth, wanting to claim the men, “now she has them at last” shows the loneliness of their unmourned passing.

-Represents loneliness/emptiness of the dead soldiers, “emptied of god-ancestralled essences”.

-In the description of the stretcher-bearer being covered in a main’s brains, he is perceived as being emotionless, as there is nothing else he can do, he drops the body and leaves it with “the older dead.”

-Powerful, evocative language.

-Alliteration is common, very effective, ”racketed with their rusty freight”, “stakes like sceptres”.

-Involving language, sounds, images, “shells go crying over them”, “the dark air spurts with fire”.
Winter Warfare:

-More simplistic structure, four stanzas with four lines each, less of a seemingly random layout compared to ‘Dead man’s dump.’

-Makes more references to pastoral themes, such as winter and coldness, “spurs of ice”, “frozen boot”.

-Also includes some harsh language and descriptions, “fingers stuck to biting steel”, strong imagery also used, very striking and visual language.

-“Left them burning”, this has strong obvious contrast to cold atmosphere; reference to harshness similar to ‘Dead man’s dump’.

-Has a simple rhyme/rhythm unlike lack there-of in ‘Dead man’s dump’.

-Has a similar meaning of both sides being equal, coldness and death affects both sides. Become equal in death.

-Also contains technique of personification, mainly of the cold “Colonel cold” as well as “stalked on into no man’s land”.

-Also personification; “screaming steel”.

-Striking language, brings a gloomy atmosphere to the War, “grey air”, “spurs of ice”, created negative atmosphere also.

-Technique of enjambment also used, mainly in the last stanza, makes the final point of the poem clear.

-Not glorifying War, but rather presenting the unpleasant reality of it, much like ‘Dead man’s dump’.

Millions Of The Mouthless Dead:

-Typical sonnet form, 10 syllables per line, consistent rhythm, there is only one stanza however, making the poem rather short, rhyme has a somewhat random pattern.

-Also uses technique of repetition, directly addresses the audience with the use of “you” often.

-Similar theme, one that praising the dead is worthless, shows that they aren’t mourned over, lacks sentiment, similar to Dead man’s dump’.

-Sensational words, basic but clear images, horrific imagery is also used commonly in this poem, “gashed head”, strong visualisation, brutality similar to ‘Dead man’s dump’.

-Lacking of emotion, no sentiment at all in tone, mourning is a waste of time, blunt monotone language, “nor tears.”, “nor honour”.

-Repeats “tears” but not “honour” very often, emphasise the mourning and tears wasted in doing so, but also not wasting honour, even just use of the word.

-Identity is stricken from the men, once they’re dead, no longer an individual person but just a small part of the dead, similar meaning/theme to ‘Dead man’s dump’.

-Men are deformed by injuries past the point of recognition, identity taken from them.

-Gives the viewpoint of advising people not to “waste their time” mourning, representing how soldiers act towards dead, emotionless.

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