Reflective Conversation 1

Being a survivor of the Ivory Coast civil war, I have passion for understanding how the impact of war can be articulated through various means, including poetry. My recent encounter with Wilfred Owen’s poetry has sparked my belief that art can contribute robust knowledge to our understanding of historical events. The challenge in undertaking this study will be to find a way to provide fresh insight to a well worn topic. I intend to consult academic books such as “The Cambridge Companion to The Poetry of the First World War (ed. Santanu Das)”. Such readings may influence my own thinking and my personal interpretation which should play a key role in comparing the poets’ attitudes towards war. My research question was initially far too focused and after consultation, I decided to adjust by crafting a less focused yet comparative essay which could be justified by 2 arguments. This discussion has provided a plausible direction for my analysis.

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