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Compare and Contrast Poems by Sassoon and by Owen, how they bring out their treatment of war.

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?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? The horror of war influenced these two great poets to express their disgust in poems. They both, however use contrasting styles: Owen chooses to express his disgust and anger through poems that give the reader a precise picture of what the war was really like; whereas Sassoon was an officer who protested against the way that war was being portrayed at the time. Like Owen, he wrote poems that scorned people like Jessie Pope, who glorified war. Sassoon, who came from a privileged background, showed that after going to fight and getting an award for bravery, he hated war. He didn't like the attitudes that the other offers had upon the war and thought that they were unnecessarily prolonging it. After writing a public protest, he wrote poems that had a cutting sarcasm, which were intended to attack the officers with pejorative language. In 'It Doesn't Matter' he uses sarcasm to great effect, mimicking the voice used by people when a soldier perhaps doesn't want to fight and they are trying to persuade him. The line "There's such splendid work for the blind;" is particularly hard-hitting because it is fiercely telling the reader in a heavily laden sarcastic ...read more.


Owen who presented some of his poems greeted Sassoon, because he was well known as an author and poet. Sassoon helped Owen write some poems but Owen kept his style of creating, what can only be described as, brilliant, truthful and vivid imagery. This was most evident in 'Dulce et Decorum est' when Sassoon helped Owen out. The similarities between them are that they both attack people who make war seem pleasant and fun, and some of the poems like 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' where Sassoon helped Owen with rhythm and structure of the poems. If poems from Sassoon and Owen are compared, there are certain elements of their poems which have the same aim but do it in a different way: look at 'Does it Matter' and 'Disabled' and the two poets are trying to show the injuries suffered by soldiers and the way that they are victimised. Owen uses the sad tragedy of a young man with everything going for him loose all that he is: a fit footballer, a ladies man, independent, turned to "legless" and "in a wheeled chair", to highlight the horror of war. ...read more.


Sassoon, on the other hand, uses the idea of an innocent, "simple soldier boy" very much like in 'Disabled' and takes him into the "winter trenches, cowed and glum" and shows as Owen does in 'Exposure' "the hell where youth and laughter go". This ending line is completely contradictory. Youth and laughter are good things which should be sent to heaven, but instead they are sent to hell, which can only happen in war. The poor boy who committed suicide "put a bullet through his brain" because of the constant "crumps and lice and lack of rum". It seems that he has gone mad. I personally think that if I was an officer reading Sassoon's work, I would feel extremely guilty because I would probably be one of those who glorified war thinking that it didn't matter if people lost legs, because people will always be kind. But if I was a sixteen year old wanting to join the army to impress my girlfriend, and I read Owen's accounts of the trenches, I would most certainly reconsider joining up. ...read more.

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