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Compare and contrast 3 war poems - Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, What are these? by Siegfried Sasson and Suicide in the trenches by Siegfried Sasson.

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In this essay I will compare and contrast 3 war poems. This essay will compare and contrast these poems in terms of subject matter, styles and techniques used. The 3 poems are; Dulce et decorum est, by Wilfred Owen, What are these?, by Siegfried Sasson and Suicide in the trenches, by Siegfried Sasson. These poems were some of the best war poems that were ever written and these poems criticised generals and people who were staying at home doing nothing. These poems also told you about life in the trenches. They were very significant poems. Here is some biographical information. SIEGFRIED SASSON Siegfried sasson was born in 1886. He joined the army in 1914 and after the war he started to write poems about war (mainly in the trenches). He turned out to be one of the best war poets ever. He combined the reality of war, to produce these poems. WILFRED OWEN Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and from an early age, he started to write poetry. He entered the war but was then hospitalised for shock. In hospital he met Siegfried Sasson and they created brilliant work together. ...read more.

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A lot of simile's and metaphors are used to describe how it was like. The poet describes the soldiers in the first two paragraphs. He uses a lot of similes. He uses similes like, ' bent like old hags ' and ' coughing like old hags ', to describes the appearance of the soldiers, as if they were beggars. Also he uses ' coughing like old hags ', to tell the reader that they were coughing very badly because of the poisonous gas. Metaphor's like ' men marched asleep ', tell you that the soldiers very tired. More similes are used to compare how the soldiers looked like. ' His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin ', is one of the similes used to compare how the persons face looked like. Stating that it was disgusting and demented, maybe because of the poisonous gas. He also uses bold, capital letters and exclamation marks to add more drama and suspense. This keeps the reader reading. This can be seen in the beginning of the second paragraph. Not a lot of hyperbole is used because all of the horror is true. ...read more.

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The second poem is gorier and talks more about the soldier's appearance and suffering. This also talks about the pain and suffering but includes memories as well. All the poems are saying that war is bad and it is not glorious to die for your country. The mood is eerie and there is alot of tension. I personally preferred Dulce ET Decorum Est. I preferred this poem because it had many figurative devices, detail and it had drama. I liked the way the poet described how the soldiers felt and what injuries were inflicted. This poem told you a great deal about how disgusting and horrific the trenches were. The figurative devices give the poem more style and I liked this style. I also liked the way that the poem described the soldier's injuries and pain. It was very realistic; the use of similes was terrific. The poems made me feel quite scared of war, as it was very scary and horrific. The criticism at the end made you feel and if you were responsible because you were not helping out. It made me feel quite sad because so many lives were lost in a bloody battle. These poems ere some of the best war poems ever and they truly tell you how bad and how sad war is. ...read more.

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