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Choose two of the poems you have studied and consider the views of war presented by each poet. How does each poet feel about war and how does each convey these feelings?

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Choose two of the poems you have studied and consider the views of war presented by each poet. How does each poet feel about war and how does each convey these feelings? My selected poems are 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke and 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen. Both war poems but conveying their different feelings and presenting their views of war in radically different ways. The poets have polarized views of war with Rupert Brooke writing his poem in a romanticized and patriotic way referring to the possibility of death as a noble cause, for England the land that gave him life. This is at odds to how Wilfred Owen views the reality and horror of war. The poets choice of title 'Dulce et Decorum est' which translated means 'It is lovely and honourable to die for your country' which in its self is irony, misleads you to think that the poem is going to be about how blissful it is to die for your country and how proud you should be, when the reality is so different. The title 'The Soldier' is also very misleading. The title suggests it's going to be about a solider at war and facing death when in fact it's about the glorification and pride or the author Brookes at the thought of serving his country. ...read more.

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et decorum est Pro Patria mori' He concludes on a salutary note, telling his frieds and country men that there is no glory in war and/ or death and highlighting the lie of war that was sold to young soldiers'For King and county' of those young men who died an ignominious and obscure death at the hands of the mustard and chlorine gas. Young men who set out on a adventure in search of glory The old lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori'. ' It is lovely and honourable to die for your country'. In contrast 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brookes is a romanticized and sanitised image of war concentrating on the possibility of his death. The recurring theme is of England, ' A dust who England bore, shaped, made aware' concentrating on the superiority of England Is implied. From the poem I can tell that Brookes thought very highly of himself and England being very patriotic throughout where as 'Dulce' is about war and the gruesome images of war. He writes a lot about his deep love of England and how he regards it as the greatest place on earth The Soldier begins: 'If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed' The poet is suggesting where ever he should die and be buried even in a foreign field that that part of the country will become England. ...read more.

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Owens poem is written in free verse, but in 4 verses. This makes it easier for Owen to write his poem as events happened. His poem is telling a story. It has a rhythmic pattern of A, B and is written in the past tense because he was referring to what had happened in the war. Brookes poem 'The Soldier' is written in the form of a Sonnet, which is a very classical format to write a war poem in. It is written in the form of a sonnet because it is very romanticised poem e.g. 'Gave once her flowers to love, her ways to roam' 'Dulce et decorum est' was my favourite poem of the two, it's a very emotional poem and shows the harsh realities of war rather than a dreamy, imaginative poet writing about his fairy tale life style. Also it seems to me that as Rupert Brookes didn't fight in the war and lost his life to a measly mosquito bite, his poem is party deceptive and untruthful. I have come to the conclusion that both poets have polarized view on war. Wilfred Owen believed that war was a useless thing, risking young lives and seeing the pain that many of the men went through and Rupert Brookes saw war as a noble act. Brilliant and consequential thing risking your life to show you are faithful towards your country. ...read more.

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