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A Comparison of "Who's for the Game" and "Dulce et Decorum est".

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A Comparison of "Who's for the Game" and "Dulce et Decorum est" For this essay I am going to compare and contrast the two poems "Who's for the game" was published by the daily mail. The poem was designed as a propaganda poem to encourage men to join the army in the war effort. This addressed the men of Britain and reassured them that if they joined it would be nothing to be scared of. It makes the war sound easier by comparing the war to a game throughout the poem. In contrast to this view of war a totally different attitude is given by "Dulce et Decorum est". Throughout the poem Owen describes to us about the tragedies and horrors of war. In the poem Owen tells us about a group of soldiers that have been at the front line for some time and are falling back as they desperately need rest, they then are attacked with gas. Owen then describes the soldiers rush for their masks, however one soldier does not get his mask on in time. Owen explains to us the feelings and emotions he felt as he had to go to war and fight. This poem is his experience and he saw the soldier dying." Dulce et Decorum est" was written in response to poets such as Jessie Pope as Owen did not agree to the way that the war was portrayed in their poems. "Dulce et Decorum est" was addressed to the people of Britain to give a realistic truthful view of war. Both poems have the same theme of war but have totally opposite attitudes towards it. In the poem "Who's for the Game" Jessie pope makes a comparison between war and a 'Game'. The use of 'Game' gives the indication that war is easy. It gives the idea it will be easy to cope with and that it will be fun. ...read more.

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'blood shod' "all went lame all, blind" For this quotation Owen uses the word 'lame' this term is usually associated with injured animals like cattle. This implies that the men are in such a bad state that they can be compared to as animals. The second part of the quotation says 'all blind' To me this indicates that their vision has been compromised due to tiredness. The metaphor "drunk with fatigue deaf even to the hoots" Suggests that the soldiers are so unbelievably tired that they have had too much and become drunk. In the second part of the quotation it implies that due to tiredness there senses have failed so they cannot even here the guns of war. The mood of this first stanza is depressing. The pace is very slow to me this is reflecting on the speed at which they are walking and it has a serious tone. The second stanza has an immediate change of pace. This is where the soldiers are attacked with gas. "Gas! GAS!" The first two words of the stanza create a major sense of urgency; it does this by the way it is written and the use of large capitals and exclamation marks. This words 'GAS' is repeated twice on the second time it is larger. This suggests that it is being shouted very loud and creates a rushed feeling. The word 'QUICK' says that the gasmasks needed to be put on immediately. Owen creates a sense of fast action by the use of words like "an ecstasy of fumbling ". The soldiers are in a desperate panic, struggling to find their masks. When they do find them they are in such a rush to put them on they become clumsy. "fitting to clumsy helmets" It suggests that their hands are shaking. However in the mad rush someone did not get his mask on in time. ...read more.

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This however is a very realistic view of war, many did die this way. Owen describes his hellish experience. Very different imagery is used by Jessie Pope, she hid the truthful brutality of war by depicting it as a game. Pope tries to encourage young men to join up by creating a false image of war as a though it were a sports game, in a game you would just come out with a few cuts and bruises. She suggests that war is fun and if men did not join they would be missing out on "fun". The structure and rhyme scheme of "Who's for the Game" as it adds to the effect of the poem. There are four stanzas in the poem each has four lines. The poem has an Ab Ab rhyme scheme, which is constant throughout it make the poem sound light hearted and jolly. This is what Pope wanted but this is inappropriate as the poem is about war. The structure "Dulce et Decorum est" is three stanzas the first two have eight lines the third has twelve lines. The poem initially take on a sonnet from it has iambic pentameter it's stressed then unstressed. The sonnet farm is usually associated with love. I think that Owen does this because the poem is so opposite to the theme of love. However the pattern starts to break down at the attack as the rhyme scheme has gone from Ab AB to Cd Cd. This is significant in the poem as it gives it a more serious atmosphere. Overall I found both poems quite interesting to read and discuss. "Dulce et Decorum est" was truthful and realistic and therefore found it more interesting as the events actually happened, although "Who's for the Game" is a very good poem for it's intended purpose, I believe that it should not have been published as it was false and war in my opinion should never be compared to a game, as so many young and innocent people died. Rachael Browne 11JD/U ...read more.

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Phew! What a long, rambling essay of poorly-constructed sentences and sloppy punctuation! It is at least twice as long as necessary to make its points.
The two poems are analysed separately, and mostly concerning the lexis, with little direct comparison of the language and poetic devices used by the two authors. Quotations are well chosen, though often not quoted accurately.

The concluding paragraph is short and does not effectively sum up the comparison promised in the title. With some serious editing, this could be a much better essay.

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