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Compare The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est Martin Spears 9p The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen were both written during world war one. War and death are the themes of both poems but they are written from different perspectives. Brooke seems to base his poem on myth because overall he says that it is good to die for your country while fighting at war is terrible and that it is every soldier for himself and not for your country. There are many reasons why Brooke and Owen have different attitudes to war. For example Brook wrote The Soldier at the beginning of the war but Owen wrote it in 1916. Brooks wrote his poem as someone who hasn't been at war and at this time people thought that the war would not last for long, but Owen did fight in the war but was written half way through the war. ...read more.


Owen also shows how the men feel and how they look. Take for example when Owen is describing in the final stanza the man which died from the earlier gas attack," Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin, If you could hear, at every dolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs. Bitter as the cud. Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues." In Brook's poem of The Soldier he uses his language softly to show the people at home that the war is good and that if people die there for their country they are looked upon as an honourable person. But in Owen's poem of Dulce et Decorum Est, it uses language harshly by using similes and metaphors to emphasise the misery he witnessed and the violence of war. Here are some examples," Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of gas-shells dropping softly behind.", "His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin.", "My friend, ...read more.


Brooke's poem clearly reflects that people at home at time of war are ignorant and are optimistic at the begging of war which stews from England' success in previous wars. At the begging of war ever one was very optimistic that we would win the war quickly and efficiently. Brooke's poem also gives the people at home the feeling that if one of their men dies it is not the end. In contrast Owen's poem attacks the idealistic and romantic view put forward by Brooke. He argues against the ideals of heroism and self-sacrifice. He is more concerned with all the men going into war thinking that it is heroic and glorious when actually it is horrible and that millions of men die every day. The poem which I prefer between Rupert Brooke's The Soldier and Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est is Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum because it describes the war as I believe it is and it is very descriptive on how the gas attack happened and how all the men felt. So I like Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum overall Martin Spears 9p ...read more.

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