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Commenting closely on the language and form, compare the poetry of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen

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Commenting closely on the language and form, compare the poetry of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen War w�r , n a state of conflict; a contest between states, or between parties within a state (civil war) carried on by arms; any long-continued struggle... Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen were two of the greatest poets in our history. Despite both dying before they reached the age of 30, they left behind a legacy of Britain's greatest poems. This essay will explore and comment closely on the language and form of both poets, compare styles and literary devices, and evaluate different sections of their poems, in order to point out the successes they had. Rupert Brooke's "The Soldier" and Wilfred Owen's "Futility" may be both different in style, but they do have one thing in common. They are both about a dead soldier. Brooke's sonnet is written in first person and it talks from the dead soldier's point of view. ...read more.


Brooke uses personification and alliteration with a typical glorified, respectful, romantic tone in his poems/sonnets. Owen however, uses rhetorical questions, hyperboles, unconventional rhymes which all add to his questioning, depressive, slightly upsetting tone. Brooke uses sonnet form in "The Soldier" to lull you with rhythm that fits perfectly with the romantic pace and language of the poem . Owen however is more contemporary and will break the rhythm to draw your attention. This rings true of his "Shock Tactic" style. Although both styles are used to great effect they are difficult to compare because they are remarkably different. Both poets are similar in some ways though, for example both Brooke and Owen use the narrative to tell a story, event or to describe their thoughts and experiences of war. Brooke, who never experienced trench combat, has never written about it. Lily Milton Page 3 02/05/2007 Owen, however, was killed at the front a week before the armistice, and he writes in his poems mostly about his experiences in the trenches, and the sorrow of the death of many soldiers. ...read more.


Although both are effective uses of writing, they cover different aspects of the war that matter to different people. I feel that this is one of the reasons that war poetry is still a legacy today. It helps people remember the war, and brings back different feelings for different people. Once again the form of these poems are contrasted in the sense that Owen has no proper rhythm in his poem to draw you to it and make you think, whereas Brooke uses sonnets and Pure rhyme to accentuate the idealistic image of war. It is impossible to make an absolute comparison between these two poets because of their different backgrounds and styles of writing, as well as their different thoughts on war. However, although they are different people with different ideas and experiences they did have one thing in common: they wrote about what they felt, and what they believed in no matter how controversial, and that is what I believe is their greatest similarity. Lily Milton Page 6 04/01/03 ...read more.

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