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Compare and contrast All Quiet on the Western Front and Dulce et Decorum est

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Essay on "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Dulce et Decorum est" The poem "Dulce et decorum est" by Wilfred Owen has a lot In common with "All Quiet on the Western Front." By Erich Remarque although Remarque never fought in the 1st World War. The Imagery in the prose is more detailed as it has more time to describe everything "The fields are flat." Some people think that this is better and it gives it a bit more feeling. Were as in the poem, Owen uses lots of short hard hitting words such as "Obscene as cancer" The poem gives a much more immediate effect in a shorter space of time. The imagery in the poem is quick and dramatic. ...read more.

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Home - he means the huts" In the second Stanza the pace becomes ecstatic with a gas attack. In the prose there is also a gas attack that raises the tempo. "Gas! Gas! Quick boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling" and "Gas-Gaas-Gaaas-Pass it on." Towards the end of stanza two it slows down as if in a dream "Misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning" Owen uses fewer words that Remarque so they use different diction. "Bitter as the cud" is from "Dulce et Decorum est" which coincides with the syntax. The effect of this is very powerful. The syntax is disjointed and very clipped. When the pace is quick the syntax is short and when it is slow and instructive the syntax is long. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is only reporting and sympathising but never lets his feelings get involved. He wants the reader to get involved and make a decision but he tries to push you towards anti war thinking. Owen's stanzas 1 and 2 are the nearly the same as the piece of prose. The poem is vitriolic and shows this with the words "obscene as cancer" which is a powerful word. The other very powerful phrase is "Bitter as the cud." Which was feared by all. It was incurable sores. Personally I prefer the poem "Dulce et Decorum est" as it has a strong message and it expresses it well. I enjoy the pace and structure of the poem. To know someone who was in the War has written it seems to give it an extra dimension. It uses different styles of writing. Descriptive in the first stanza. Narrative in the second stanza and then what to do in the future. ...read more.

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