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Jessie Pope

Jessie Pope

It is, perhaps, ironic that Jessie Pope should share her date of birth (although not the year) with Wilfred Owen, who vilified her and her type in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Her reputation today mainly persists due to Wilfred Owen’s original dedication of that poem to her, and his criticism therein of her […]

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The Call by Jessie Pope

The Call by Jessie Pope

This poem shares a similar theme with much of Pope’s other work, particularly Who’s for the Game? Here, she levels accusations of cowardice against those who choose not to enlist. She gives enlistment and fighting an air of jollity, which seems heartless and unrealistic but which was not uncommon at the beginning of the war.

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