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Dulce et decorum est and Who's for the game? - How do both of these poems convey the feeling of death for your country? And, how are the poetic techniques used to effect in these poems?

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Question: How do both of these poems convey the feeling of death for your country? And, how are the poetic techniques used to effect in these poems? Answer: The two poems that I am comparing are 'DULCE ET DECORUM EST', and 'WHO'S FOR THE GAME?' These two poems entirely contrast each other, which makes the answer thus meticulous. One of the poems glorifies war, while the other poem depicts the veracity of war, and it's futileness. In the core of the essay I will portray the diverse poetic techniques used and in the form they are used in and also the type of language used. Perceptibly, all the poetic techniques used were alliteration, rhyme, the theme of the poem, the imagery, the similes and the metaphors, as well as outlining the structure of the poem. In my answer, I will uncover all the key points and then portray what they mean and why they are important. The first and foremost indication that the poem 'Who's for the game?' depicts the glorification of war is the title is uses, 'Who's for the game?' In the poem, Jessie Pope considers that war is only a game and the blessed people go out and fight in it. ...read more.


I will start with the theme of 'Dulce et Decorum est'. Wilfred Owen is denigrating the glorification of war and exposing the realities of war. What Owen is mainly doing is condemning the glorification of war via belligerent language and propaganda to convey his point. The theme of Jessie Pope's poem is the glorification of war. Owen's poem is meant to be the retort to Pope's poem. Jessie pope is trying to outline all of the nice things of war, like when the sergeant gives the soldier his badge. Both of the poems are flocked with imagery, which is why they are so successful. The sort of imagery in Owen's poem is 'GAS! GAS! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling' Ecstasy is a class A drug which people can get addicted to. Ecstasy is a drug, and the poem is saying that gas is a drug of scuffling and fumbling. Also, in both poems, the extreme views encourage their point and cause the imagery to explode and therefore many images are conveyed. What Jessie Pope' is trying to transmit is that war is beautiful and fill of pleasant surprises, but that is what she will believe, unless she has actually experienced the war. ...read more.


Overall, my essay has answered the question at almost every angle possible. I talked about all of the different poetic techniques that were used and also pointed out the main variations Obviously the main difference was the one poem denigrates war and the other glorifies war. Owen's poem talks about the vile images of war. In the first stanza, Owen describes a group of very tired soldiers leaving the trenches. They are going away from the front for a break from treacherous duty. In the second stanza, the enemy has attacked with gas, and one of the poor soldiers couldn't get his mask on, on time. The pain was unbearable for Owen in the third stanza, and he write about it here. The last paragraph is a message for anyone who believes in war, especially Jessie Pope. Every single stanza of Jessie Pope's poem talks about war being fun, and something to enjoy. I cannot believe how anyone can believe that loosing one's live is fun, you are actually going away from this world, and how can you be rejoicing? I believe that Jessie Pope's scrutiny of war would certainly change if he had been and actually fought in the war and experienced it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chetak Barot 9A 17th October 2001 English Essay ...read more.

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