• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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?

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level War Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    'Who for the Game' By Jesse Pope, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' By Wilfred Owen, ...

    4 star(s)

    She uses the word "you" to show who she is talking to..She refers to the country as being feminine because as it is every mans duty to protect their women, so it is also every mans duty to protect their country.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    A Comparison of "Who's for the Game" and "Dulce et Decorum est".

    3 star(s)

    The words 'beggars' and 'hags' are quite powerful as these sorts of people are not respected in society and it gives the social implication that these soldiers are not respected. Owen also uses the word 'sacks' this implies that all there cloths are tatty and worn like rags.

  1. A comparison of two poems on the subject of war, "Who's for the game?" ...

    The poet's patriotism shines through in every line of the poem, and the use of slang influences many people. The use of this universal and familiar language was essential for this propaganda to be successful. The animated language and enthusiastic tone, for example 'who'll toe the line for the signal to 'Go!''

  2. Compare and contrast the presentation of war and the poets' attitudes towards war in ...

    alienation, the soldiers' minds become disconnected, and there are extreme emotions, mainly of panic. Now Owen zooms in on one specific person rather than the whole group, unlike Jessie Pope who made everything seem as a team game. In reality, it is every man for himself, if one gets in trouble, he cannot be helped.

  1. In the poem Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen uses a variety of poetic ...

    (This refers to the soldiers losing their boots ) By using the word "blood shod" which is a pun he is describing that instead of boots the soldiers feet are encrusted with blood . It also makes the reader think of the word blood shed which is caused by war.

  2. Respond to a pre 1900 and a post 1900 poem critically, sensitively and in ...

    Many patriotic poems had been written at the time. Owen knew that they lied. Tennyson´┐Żs poem is a celebration of the bravery of the six hundred British troops who went into battle against all odds, even though they knew that they would be killed.

  1. Select two poems by Wilfred Owen in which he describes the conditions of the ...

    This conveys the fear and horror of the war as it suggests that the men were so afraid that they cowered together, like animals for support. Furthermore, Owen effectively describes the sentry's eyes as "eyeballs, huge-bulged like squids'" this shows the horrific effects that the war had on the sentry.

  2. Exploring Diverse Cultures.

    The poem starts with a description of what Muslims do during Ramadan. Zephaniah uses this to give the reader an idea of what Ramadan means to a Muslim: "Ramadan is a time for reflection Contemplation and meditation." He continues to describe Ramadan and builds up to a final blunt statement: "So we must (we are told)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work