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Compare and contrast Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' with Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

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AS and A Level War Poetry

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Compare and contrast Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' with Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen are both poets who fought for England in the First World War and both base their poetic material almost entirely on the situation they were in. However, distinct differences can be seen in their individual approaches to their common theme of war. An example of this difference can be seen in the two poems The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est, by Rupert Brook and Wilfred Owen respectively. They are both concerned with the theme of war, but each gives out a completely different message to the reader as their own morals and interpretations of this theme oppose each other. The Soldier gives out an optimistic tone, making war out to be a peaceful and heroic act, whilst in Dulce et Decorum Est, the tone is more sombre and angry, making out the same war and situation that Dulce et Decorum Est is in, to be a grim and insufferable disease.

Both the poets, Brooke and Owen, wrote in the First World War and were some of the fathers of World War poetry. Both the men entered the

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