Mr Legowski’s 11En1 home learning – due Wednesday 18 September

Your home learning task is to complete one of the following tasks:

Why is The Drum often referred to as A Retort to Mordaunt’s ‘The Call’?


Are non-standard poetic forms as effective as standard forms in getting a poem’s theme across?

We will continue looking at poetic form in tomorrow’s lesson (Tuesday 17 September) and you may want to wait until after that lesson before attempting the above task.

Mr Legowski

13 thoughts on “Mr Legowski’s 11En1 home learning – due Wednesday 18 September

  1. Harriet

    The drum is considered as a retort to Mordaunt’s ‘The Call’ because it shows two very different opinions on war. The drum shows the negative sides to war and the loss and pain, both emotional and physical, connected to it. Therefore showing it as a retort to The Call because its disagreeing with the views of the pride people can associate with war that are shown within this poem.

  2. Georgia

    The poem ‘The Drum’ is often referred to as a retort to Mordaunts ‘The Call’ due to them both being about war. However both poems view points on war as a whole are very different, ‘The Drum’ has a very pessimistic view and ‘The Call’ takes a much more positive approach to it. This changes the atmosphere and themes that are shown by the poem.

  3. Jake

    Mordaunt’s ‘The Call’ is often referred to as a retort to The Drum due to them having very different points of view on war. The drum talks about young men from all places being tricked into going to war and told that it is a very honourable thing to do whereas The Call completely disagrees with that. It is saying that going to war is a good thing and there is honour in dying for your country.

  4. Josie

    The poem “The Drum” is referred to as a retort to the Mordaunts “The Call” as they are both to do with war. Although the peoms have completely different views, for example “The Call” has a positive way of looking at war whereas “The Drum” has more a negative view point as they are telling the readers that the soldiers are tricked into joining the army.

  5. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

    Dear students, the answer to the question set should be much more detailed than those already submitted. Remember the format for paragraphing we learned in last week’s lesson? The one you created a mnemonic for? Structure your answer using that format. Also, don’t limit your response to a single paragraph if there’s more to be said about the poems. Always tries to stretch yourselves; don’t leave anything unsaid. Mr Legowski.

  6. Rhiannon

    ‘The Drum’ is often associated as being a retort to ‘The Call’, because although both depict the idea of war, the poems give off different perspectives as to what war is really like.

    Mordaunt’s ‘The Call’ declares and clearly proclaims the glory that war will bring. It’s suggesting that that ‘one hour’ of serving the country overshadows anything even remotely accomplished during the average man’s life. The lines ‘One crowded hour of glorious life, Is worth an age without a name,’ suggests that it doesn’t matter who you are, come and serve your country and you’ll be remembered as a hero. This poem is almost like a propaganda, and implies that it serving as a recruitment advertisement. Perhaps though, this could be the intended affect on the reader, to provoke their thoughts of war and how the propaganda would affect them if their were a male townsfolk in that kind of situation. The intended effect is to show how men were foolish enough to believe that they would be showered in glory from being almost a nobody if they joined the army, without considering the true horrors and mortifying sights they would face soon onwards, in other words shows the reader that naivety was the root to many men running off to enlist in the army.

    However, ‘The Drum’ does not try and mask the horrors of war. In fact, it does the complete opposite by exposing war in its true nature. It takes a cynical view as to the reality of war, almost as if its giving the reader a reality check. When they read the poem, it’s rather gritty and blunt about how the soldiers are coming for them. The reality of war described in this poem takes a rather downcast view of war, and the line ‘We’ve lost this war before it has begun’ clearly confirms that it’s going to be a blood battle and innocents will be slaughtered.

    So to conclude, ‘The Drum’ is referred to as a retort to ‘The Call’ because it basically gives all the reasons as to why war is not as glorified as ‘The Call’ makes it out to be. It basically opposes everything positive said about the war, almost as though a debate is taking place.

  7. Mary Anne Johnson

    The poem ‘the drum’ is often referred to as a retort to the poem ‘the call’ as they are both associated with war and express very different opinions on the matter. In the very first line of the Mordaunt’s poem, he writes, ‘Go, lovely boy!’ Straight away he is trying to encourage the ‘boy’ that has been mentioned to go and fight for his country. By using the word ‘lovely’, the personna seems to be trying to motivate the boy complimenting him for the act he is going to be undertaking. This gives you a very positistive impression as soon as begin to read the poem as that is the view the poet is trying to put across. Simalirly, in ‘the drum’ the negative view the personna is also put across imedetiatly. The word ‘hate’ is used on the very first line which is a very strong word, portraying the very pesimistic view the personna has on war.
    However, both poems are written in very differently, as ‘the call’ is writen in much older english. As a result of this, I personally believe that its hard to compare them to eachother and that if they were meant as retorts, they’d be writen more alike.

  8. Sapphire

    ‘The drum’ is often referred to as a retort to ‘the call’ as they both have a similar war based theme, however the views shown between each poem is very different. This is clear from an early start, ‘Go, lovely boy!’ This suggests that he is encouraging him to go to war, implying a positive view. This is then followed forward with ‘Oh, glory! you to ruin owe’ this quote implies that there is glory in fighting and a debt that is owed, only payable by death, this refers to positivity by suggesting there is glory and charms in war. ‘The drum’ on the other hand starts with a different approach ‘I hate that drums discordant sound’ this is already showing a negative response to ‘that drum’ as the persona is expressing hate. The author then continues with the negative view, ‘to thoughtless youth it pleasure yields’ implying that they are targeting vulnerable youth with ‘tawdry lace’ and ‘glittering arms’ in order to persuade them to fight for their country. In summary, there is no way of knowing if ‘the drum’ was a retort to ‘the call’ as there is no evidence to suggest wether or not. I also believe that it is difficult to tell due to the fact they both posses such different opinions on the matter.

  9. Olivia Kennard

    “The Drum” is often referred to as a retort to the Mourdants “The Call” as they both share a theme based on war, however the views are different because the view in “The Drum” is very pessimistic but “The Call” has quite a positive and honoured look on the war. There is no evidence that these two poems were made to relate to eachother but they do share similar qualities.

  10. Mr Legowski

    Thanks to the students who have answered this question. I will mark and comment on them in your exercise books (I’ve taken a printout of your answers). Mr Legowski

  11. Meg hallett

    The poem the drum is a retort the the poem ‘the call’ as they show completely different opinions on war. The drum shows the very negative side to war whereas the call expresses the positive side of war and what happens.


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