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Choosing 2 poems, one 20th century and one pre 20th century, Describe the poet’s views on war - The Drum and Dulce et Decorum Est

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Choosing 2 poems, one 20th century and one pre 20th century, Describe the poet's views on war Though the ages there have been many wars but not until the last few centuries that poetry about events someone has witnessed at war has been written. Wars are seen in different ways by people. Here are some thoughts on the subject of war as written in war poems. After the French revolution Napoleon lead his country in battle against several European powers this was one of the first occasions, when journalists were able to write articles in newspapers to encourage people At home to be very patriotic and believe that war was a very glorious thing. However even then some people were very opposed to violence like John Scott who wrote 'The Drum' in 1782. The beat of the drum was used for hundreds of years by army recruiting officers Going around towns and cities trying ...read more.

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He sees 'ravaged plains', 'burning towns', 'mangled limbs', 'Ruined swains', 'widows tears and 'orphans moans'. Another author is Wilfred Owen who fought in World War one, and wrote the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' Written somewhere around 1917. Owen had a friend who also was a war poet, he was originally from Liverpool But moved to France to teach English, and he became an officer after war broke out and served in France. He was killed on the Battlefield just a few days before the Armistice. This poem was set in the First World War when a group of solders are returning to their base camp after being in the trenches at the front line. The men are totally exhausted, 'bent double like old beggars', 'and coughing like hags' As they walked through the thick mud. ...read more.

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from the froth corrupted lungs' here Owen refers to innocent tongues; nobody told these soldiers when they joined up that they could face such a horrible death. This refers to the fact that the poet feels that ordinary people think that it is a glorious thing to die for your country at war. The Latin 'Ducle et decorum est pro patria mori' means it is sweet and fitting to die for your country. But Owen calls this a lie. He feels anyone who has been on the battlefields and seen the awful sights that he has described in this poem would not tell stories To children that war is good. Both of these poets didn't see reason for war and saw war as something of horror and death. Scott thought that war was something that shouldn't happen were as Owen just appears to think that war is horrific and should not be encouraged. Craig McCullagh ...read more.

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