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A Comparison between ‘The Kiss’, ‘Glory of Women’ by Siegfried Sassoon and ‘Dulce et Decorum est.’ by Wilfred Owen.

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Sumeek Angrish 10T English Mrs Thoebald A Comparison between 'The Kiss', 'Glory of Women' by Siegfried Sassoon and 'Dulce et Decorum est.' by Wilfred Owen. In this essay I will be comparing three poems written during the First World War two of which are written by the same author, Siegfried Sassoon and the third poem by Wilfred Owen. 'The Kiss' and 'Glory of Women' written by Siegfried Sassoon. 'Dulce et Decorum est' written by Wilfred Owen. Siegfried Sassoon began writing poems at the beginning of World War One. With war on the horizon, a young Englishman whose life had heretofore been consumed with the protocol of foxhunting said goodbye to his idyllic life and rode off on his bicycle to join the army. Siegfried Sassoon was perhaps the most innocent of the war poets. John Hildebidle has called Sassoon the 'accidental hero'. Born into a wealthy Jewish family in 1886, Sassoon lived the pastoral life of a young squire: fox hunting, playing cricket, golfing and writing romantic poems. During his training Sassoon was learning about war and was told to treat his rifle and bayonet like his brother and sister. Sassoon enjoys his training and because the training has brainwashed him to 'love' the rifle and bayonet, this is where Sassoon fantasises over them. The first poem 'The Kiss' talks about his fantasies at war. But as Sassoon starts to experience and fight in the war, he starts to hate it, he does not like to kill people but all his training has brainwashed him and Sassoon is trying to escape that. This is when Sassoon invites 'Glory of Women'; all of his feelings are in this poem while he is experiencing war. Mainly 'The Kiss' is explaining how Sassoon is enjoying his training and the start of the war also brainwashed to love the war, his rifle and bayonet. Whereas 'Glory of Women' talks how Sassoon experiences war and hates it so much that he wants to fake being hurt and leave the war. ...read more.


This is the same for 'e' it starts at '(you) love' then reappears at 'when we're heroes home...leave'. * '...You worship decorations; you believe...' As you can see the repeated vowel letters are 'o' (at the start) and 'e' (at the end). These vowel letters give the same structure of the word for example when you say the words with 'o' it gives the mouth structure and your mouth rhymes with the word. * '...While you are knitting socks to send your son...' In this sentence the vowel letters are in pairs but some of them are mixed up. For example in the word 'while' the vowel letter is 'e', the vowel letters pair is in the word 'are'. Also one pair of vowel letters, which are placed together, is at the end- 'your son' the two 'o' are paired up. But Siegfried Sassoon also has sentences in the poem where there are different vowel letters. Here is one of them: * '...You make us shells...' In this sentence the vowel letters are not the same and are not paired up. Using assonance in 'Glory of Women' Siegfried Sassoon brings out the poem and tries to make a point. Also by making the vowel letters go together the words sort of rhyme and make the poem good to read. Assonance is rarely used in 'Dulce et Decorum est' I don't think Owen took it seriously because he thought it wouldn't affect the poem. But I have caught a few examples of assonance and these are: * '...Like a man in fire or lime...' As you can see the words which have assonance in them look alike e.g. the second letter of the word has the vowel 'i' also it ends with the letter 'e'. This makes the word look like it rhymes and it sort of make it stick out. * '...The white eyes...' ...read more.


This is what Siegfried Sassoon is trying to explain. * '...You crown our distant ardours while we fight...' This is in the seventh line of the poem. In this phrase Siegfried Sassoon is describing when the men go and fight the women speak highly of them like they are warrior leaders and great achievements in life. But when they are at home women complain about them. So mainly it is saying how women brag about men fighting in the cold, harsh, terrible war. * '...You can't believe that British troops 'retire'...' This phrase is in the ninth sentence. Siegfried Sassoon is quite clever in this sentence because he is describing how he thinks women react when British troops 'retreat'. Instead of using this word Siegfried Sassoon uses 'retire' because this is much calm and sort of pleasant. It is sort of euthanasia because Siegfried Sassoon is using a more appealing word for something, which is not nice. Siegfried Sassoon is so angry that he wants to explicit his full emotions but cannot just in the event that he is labelled a traitor and is sentenced to death etc. So to show what he means he writes down what women think and say when they hear that British troops retreat. * '...That chivalry redeems the wars disgrace...' This sentence that Siegfried Sassoon accounts is describing the code of honour. Siegfried Sassoon is giving the example of the knight who will protect the weak and innocent but it doesn't make up for the disgrace of war. It is like a code of honour to help the weak and innocent. My final aspect of this poem I am going to talk about is the structures of the poem. The first poem I am going to describe about the structure is 'The Kiss': The final aspect of this essay I will be discussing about is my opinion on the poems. The first poem I am going to describe is 'The Kiss' this poem is a very obsessed poem. It mainly is talking about how obsessed Siegfried Sassoon was to his bayonete and rifle. ...read more.

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