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Compare and contrast the styles and techniques of two of the Wilfred Owen poems you have studied to demonstrate the poet's attitude to war Wilfred Owen was a war poet from the First World War; he was born in 1893 and died in 1918, whilst fighting in the "Great War". He wrote his poetry while sitting as an injured soldier on a hospital bed, and many say this is where he developed his flair for writing. In this essay, I have decided to analyse two poems; "Dulce et Decorum est" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth". In my opinion both of these poems portray Owen's anger towards the war, but do so in very different ways. I am going to compare and contrast the two poems, so that I get a better idea of Owen's attitude to war. Themes are important to any poem because it is what they are about. The main theme in "Dulce et Decorum est" is that it is not a glorious thing to fight for one's country; it is actually a horrific and traumatising experience. This is ironic because the name of the poem translates to "It is a glorious and honorable thing to fight for one's country". I think Owen has done this so that he can lead up to the last line where he is urging people back at home to cease telling their children the "old lie" and to me this is effective. ...read more.


In "Dulce et Decorum Est" Owen writes "we cursed through sludge" this portrays the fact they are now cursed because they are off to fight, and also, the use of the word "sludge" emphasises the bad conditions. In "Anthem for Doomed Youth" Owen writes "these who die as cattle". I think this shows he is very bitter because he is saying that the way in which the men go of to war is analogous to the way in which cattle are slaughtered. However, in stanza two of "Anthem for Doomed Youth" the mood somewhat changes from bitterness to sadness. The poet describes "the drawing down of blinds", and this shows he is feeling sympathetic towards the community back at home because he talks about the tragedy of war for them and not just the soldiers. I think this shows yet again the poet's bitterness towards the war, however I also think it shows he is feeling some commiseration for the victims of war back at home. Wilfred Owen uses emotive imagery throughout both poems in an effective way. In "Dulce et Decorum est" there is much war imagery such as "haunting flares" describing the noise the flares made as they whistled over the soldiers' heads. It also describes the haunting feeling the soldiers had when they heard them. ...read more.


This poem is very short, only two stanzas long; I think this is because the soldiers are dying so quickly and also they are only young when they die out at war. This poem is a sonnet; there are fourteen lines, and the rhyming scheme is ABABCDCD EFFEGG. The main poetry techniques used in this are similes and personification. An example of personification is "monstrous anger of the guns", because guns can't really be angry, however Owen uses this word to give an impression that it is angry with the opponent. An example of a simile is "choirs of wailing shells", it is saying the noise the shells make is like a choir singing, I think it is quite effective because it is something the reader can relate to. Overall I think there are a lot of comparisons and contrasts of the styles and techniques between the two poems. After analyzing these I have gained a better idea of the poet's attitude to war. I think that Owen is quite bitter towards the idea of war. I have concluded this from many quotations e.g. "these who die as cattle" and "as under a green sea". Another conclusion I have made is that Owen feels sorry for the families back at home that have lost relatives due to the war, I can tell this because he says "the drawing down of blinds", and therefore shows he is thinking about them. Robert Adams Word Count: 1406 ...read more.

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