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Compare Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen and For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon.

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War Poems Chloe Torrance Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen and For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon are two famous poems written during the period of World War One. They both contrast with one another about the life of soldiers in the war. Laurence Binyon served with the Red Cross, only visiting the front during 1916, the final year of the war. However, he wrote the poem in 1914. Therefore his poem is clearly uninfluenced by any actual war events, bar the exception of soldiers marching to war. Which is not incredibly useful seeing as the soldiers themselves will not have experienced the war either. It is his own view of how and what the war is. Consequently, the poem could be described as a propagandist point of view, as it is very idealistic. The poem itself consists of six stanzas, and is written in past tense, which baffles me slightly seeing as the war had just begun. ...read more.


Binyon uses words and phrases such as: "immortal spheres" and "heavenly plain" both are oxymorons, and juxtaposition the idea of heaven. In the last verse: "To the end, to the end, they remain" assonance is used to give it larger impact Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen, provides a very different opinion of the war. It is much more realistic and provides a first hand soldiers point of view. Unlike Laurence Binyon's poem, which was idealistic. It was written en early October 1917 whilst Owen was receiving treatment at Craiglockhart War Hospital. The poem begins at a slow pace. It's tiring, depressing and low on energy. In the second stanza every thing speeds up due to a gas attack, like when you're lying in a relaxing bath with candles and the shower curtain sets on fire. Panic occurs rapidly, everyone has snapped awake: "Gas! ...read more.


Which is Latin, and translated it means It is sweet and decorous to die for one's country. *Ironically 'pro patria mori' is also one of the mottos on the Menin Gate at Ypres. So, as one can quite blatantly see, Owen's poem, and Binyon's poem are very different. One of the main reasons being that Wilfred Owen was on the frontline and Laurence Binyon served in the Red Cross. Therefore their experiences of war were totally different Binyon, makes it seem "heavenly" by using personification: "England mourns for her dead" Euphemism: "Fallen" Assonance and imagery, whereas Wilfred describes it hell, not something to glorify and encourage. His poem is full of horror, describing it like a disease, a cancer, infectious waste that is not needed in the world. However, He himself does not find war poetic: "My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity." ____________________________________________________________________ *Noted from Belgium history trip last year ...read more.

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