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Compare and contrast the views of the First World War poets Sassoon, Owen and Brooke in “The Hero”, “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “The Soldier”.

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Compare and contrast the views of the First World War poets Sassoon, Owen and Brooke in "The Hero", "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "The Soldier". 1914 was a historical year for Sassoon as he changed his life when he signed up to fight in the Army. He suffered from shell shock and as a result, spent time in Craig Lockhart hospital in Edinburgh. It was here that he met Wilfred Owen, a young fresh poet. ...read more.


"Dulce Et Decorum Est" goes into detail about the horrific scenes of war, in order to broadcast the reality that soldiers when going into battle. I think it was written to shock people and show them that war isn't all it's cut out to be. "The Hero" tells of how young soldiers were said to have died with pride and courage. The mother of a young soldier is visited by an officer, who delivers the news of his death. ...read more.


He describes the soldiers to be like 'tramps', "like old beggars under sacks". Owen uses similes to describe the scenes and soldiers. 'Coughing like hags', 'like a man in fire', like a devils sick of sin'. He also uses verbs to emphasize the pain and suffering of the soldiers. 'Tumbling' 'stumbling' 'fumbling' 'limped', which is repeated. The soldiers helplessness is emphasized and highlighted with the use of verbs. 'Choking' 'drowning' 'guttering' 'smothering' 'gargling'. These verbs are supposed to bring a sense of evil and despair to the whole war scene. ...read more.

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