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Choose two or more poems from the selection that reveal the reality of war. Write about these poems in as much detail as possible, comparing the attitude and tone in each poem.

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Year ten - English literature coursework Choose two or more poems from the selection that reveal the reality of war. Write about these poems in as much detail as possible, comparing the attitude and tone in each poem. The two poems I have chosen are 'dulce et decorum est' and 'anthem for doomed youth' which are both written by Wilfred Owen in October 1917, who served in the great war. He wrote many poems about the reality of war which he learned during the years he served, to try and bring out the truth of war which was being covered up by jingoistic writers and propaganda. In both of the poems there is a very negative, depressing tone. The reason for writing these poems is to uncover the harsh realities of war, and to show men thinking of joining up to the forces the real life of war, and not the way the jingoistic writers have been showing the war. Because the way people saw the war back in Britain was totally different to the war in the trenches, and Owen was not pleased with this at all. ...read more.

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There was also a severe lack of rest amongst the soldiers and the soldiers "men marched asleep" but they were very determined to carry on, but most of them didn't know what was happening and they were practically asleep, but they had nothing else to do, had nothing left apart from to carry on marching 'til the end. They were like zombies marching to their death Real war life was totally different from what the jingoistic writers had made it out to be. "...limped on, blood-shod. All went lame all went blind" The soldiers were injured badly, and covered in blood (not only their own) but they are very determined to carry on. The soldiers also had chosen to try and ignore what was happening and were choosing to be blind, and not watch what was happening, because it was very depressing. Other bad conditions for the soldiers is the noise factor "Deaf even to the hoots" this shows us that because of all of the explosions and the guns firing, and the soldiers were used to the noise, and blocked it out altogether, because all day there was bombs going off , and guns firing. ...read more.

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There is also a feeling of regret as he says "incurable sores, on innocent tongues" I think this means that it has left a physical mark, or a bad taste in the mouth. The poem then ends with "the old lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Which it is sweet and honourable to die for country, which in Owens view definitely untrue, hence "the old lie:" In anthem for domed youth, there is a similar tone to dulce, as they were both written by owen at a similar time. In my opinion the reason for the name ' anthem for doomed youth is because as the soldiers were marching thoughts o death would be running through the soldiers heads. At the start of the 1st stanza there is a question asking "what passing bells for those who die as cattle" this is an effective way of describing the soldiers because it is like the soldiers are like cows in a slaughterhouse, and the soldiers are just marching to their death. In this poem Owen describes what a soldiers death would be like, and describes what happens when a soldier dies. ...read more.

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