Life in the Trench:
How can we describe the image below? Consider the shape of the lines, the negative and positive spaces, the pock-marked surfaces.
Writers and Art from the Trench
How was it built?
A day in the trenches:
4:30 am The day began an hour before first light for the ritual “Stand to Arms.”
At full light, Stand down
Breakfast (rations were tea, bread, bacon, and often 2 tbsp of rum, to be consumed with tea, or straight)
Activity during the day: clean weapons, repair trench, write letters (of condolence and otherwise), delouse, sleep, deal with official inquiries from the runners, avoid being seen above the trench
Sunset : Evening stand-to
Wiring Parties, Digging parties, Carrying parties, Night patrols, Raiding parties (in No-Man’s land), Filling sandbags, Fortifying trenches.
By sunrise the next morning ,”nothing human was visible above ground anywhere, but everyday each side scrutinized the look of the other’s line for significant changes wrought by the night.”
What kind of impact did this have on twentieth century culture?
One of the more interesting arguments I’ve read about the cultural impact of WWI is Paul Fussell’s. He says:
I am saying that there seems to be one dominating form of modern understanding; that it is essentially ironic; and that it originates largely in the application of mind and memory to the events of the Great War. (35)
Blog Assignment (Due Wed, Dec. 8, 2010)
Find a single quotation from the textbook that addresses either the social, economic, artistic, religious, and political history of one of the following buildings:
20th Century: The Trench
Submit it below in a comment.
How it should look:
Title: The Trench, Political
“Quote from Big textbook” (McKay et al 555).