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A comparison between the poems 'Disabled' and 'Dulce et Decorum est' both written by Wilfred Owen.

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A comparison between the poems 'Disabled' and 'Dulce et Decorum est' both written by Wilfred Owen.

During World War I unthinkable events happened that seem to be impossible to comprehend in today's society. Some of the incidents encountered by Wilfred Owen have been expressed in such an apposite way that people who have never experienced trench warfare, can emphasize with the sordid and un-palatable conditions and treatment that the soldiers had to suffer.

One soldier that was able to express his emotions, feelings and the things he had seen was Wilfred Owen. One of his poems called 'Dulce et Decorum est' is mainly aimed towards a woman named Jessie Pope who wrote jingoistic propaganda for the "Daily Mail" trying to get young men to sign up for the war by comparing war to a game. At the beginning of the poem he describes with colossal detail what war life was like. Owen at first describes what the soldiers looked like and what condition they were in, in the trenches saying 'like old beggars' and 'coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge.' These extracts enable me to imagine the soldiers getting really infuriated by the

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