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Compare and contrast "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen and "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke.

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Rhiannon Lord. Compare and Contrast "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen and "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke. Wilfred Owen was born in Plas Wilmot, Owestry on the 18th March 1893. His family moved Birkenhead in 1897 and then Shrewsbury. He then became a lay assistant in 1913 at the age of 18, and he also spent time tutoring English in France in the same year. In 1916 he was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment, and he fought many battles in the Somme. He was killed in action on the 4th November 1918. He wrote about the harsh reality of war and the pity of war, and these views were evident in "Disabled". Rupert Brooke was born in 1887, in Rugby, Warwickshire. He won a poetry prize in 1905. He was well educated and travelled before going to was. He joined the British Royal Navy during the First World War and he died in Greece from septicaemia on the 23rd of April 1915. He was well known for writing poetry about friendship, romanticism and patriotism. Patriotism is very evident in "The Soldier". The poem "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen is about a young man who lost his arms and legs in the war. He thought that war would gain him glory, but he only gained misery and isolation. ...read more.

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"Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry" also links with the fact that he "poured" his vitality away in the war; "half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race" also reflects this. The last line of verse three "And leap of purple spurted from his thigh" is also symbolic purple, as the colour of mourning, which suggests the soldier mourns for the loss of his limbs, youth and vitality. Verse four reveals his initial thoughts of what the army would be like and reveals the reasons why he joined. He joined to please his girlfriend "to please his Meg". He liked the idea of jewelled hilts, smart salutes, the spirit and body of the army "Esprit de corps", the drums and cheers he would receive and the idea of holidays and "leave". There are many words in the last five lines which show that he loved the glamorous image of war: "jewelled", "smart salutes", pay arrears" and "cheers". He didn't consider the horrors of war he had no fears of joining the army, " And no fears Of fear came yet". Verse four is very long to emphasise how many false, idealistic images of was the soldier entertained. It also emphasises how much the soldier lost in the war. ...read more.

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"England" and "English are repeated six times within the poem which emphasizes patriotism. Even heaven is described as being English. "Disabled" has six verses varying length. They vary in length to signify different things, for example verse four is very long to signify all of the soldier's hope and dreams. There is no rigid rhyming structure, this may suggest that war is problematic; it cannot be put into a rigid structure. However, "The Soldier" is written in sonnet form. It had a military feel to it, created by iambic pentameters. This rigid rule of ten syllables per line gives the poem a strong, assured rhythm. Furthermore, "The Soldier" is written in the first person and "Disabled" is written in the third person The poet of "Disabled", Wilfred Owen, wrote the poem to the message that war is pitiful. War is not glorified it is tragic and destructive. It is a waste of people's lives and it destroys their inner spirits. The message conveyed by the poet Rupert Brooke in "The Soldier", is the opposite of the message conveyed in "Disabled". The message he conveys is that fighting in the war is worthwhile. Furthermore, Brooke reveals it is one's duty to fight for one's country and it is a glorious thing to do. I preferred the poem "Disabled" because of its pure honesty. I like the way it shows the reality of war and does not celebrate the false ideas of glory and duty, found in "The Soldier". ...read more.

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