• 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," by Wilfred Owen, "Exposure," by Wilfred Owen, "Perhaps," by Vera Brittain - Explain what the writers of these poems thought about the war and how their poems show a change in the way that war was depicted.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English - course work. "Dulce et Decorum Est," by Wilfred Owen "Exposure," by Wilfred Owen "Perhaps," by Vera Brittain Explain what the writers of these poems thought about the war and how their poems show a change in the way that war was depicted. Wilfred Owen and Vera Brittain where poets of the First World War. The three poems "Dulce et Decorum Est", "Exposure" and "Perhaps" are very different from each other, discussing the horror of war and the loss through their experiences. They wanted the people of England to know what war was really like. All of the poets use an attack approach at people like Jesse Pope who wrote to promote war. The first poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" describes to those in England what the war was like. Owen uses good word play in the title "Dulce et Decorum Est", which is Latin meaning "It is a sweet and seemly (glorious) thing", and at the end he repeats the title but adding at the end of it, "Pro patria mori", which means "to die for your country". In this poem Owen describes how it is not a 'Sweet and seemly (glorious) thing to die for your country." Owen does this by starting the poem describing how the men of war come of the battlefield thinking about their rest to come. ...read more.

Middle

'We only know war lasts, rain socks, and clouds sag stormy. Dawn missing in the east her melancholy army'. 'Stormy' and 'army' are the words that half rhyme because they vaguely sound alike. Owen explains that there was not only the enemy across no-mans land but the wind was also their enemy. 'In the merciless iced east winds that knive us,' this shows exactly how awful and cold the wind was. As it hit them it was like their enemy throwing knives at them. Owen describes how quiet it was. 'Worried by silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous.' Owen uses here good alliteration and sibilants. There are 6 S's in this sentence. All the words are quiet words making it a quiet sentence and that's exactly what its meant to be. He says how in the silence he can 'hear the mad tugging on the wire.' It was the wind tugging on the wire. 'Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles', Owen uses an interesting simile here. He is describing the barbed wire to brambles. As the wind tugs on the barbed wire it reminds him of the men who got caught on it and are left to die. As the dawn begins, all Owen knows is that 'rain soaks and clouds sag stormy.' The clouds are like the dawn's army. ...read more.

Conclusion

Spring is a symbol of new life, summer things flourish and autumn is the time of harvest. Too her winter only means death. In the future she hopes that things will be good, that she will some day come to terms with her lost. She will be able to see things as she used to. 'And I shall see that the skies are blue,' she hopes that someday in the future she will see blue skies again. 'And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,' she hopes she will find this and all the other things how they used to before her loved one died. Wilfred Owen and Vera Brittain both have views of what the war was like. Wilfred Owen didn't like the war because innocent people were killed and men often forced to go. He also went through all the extreme conditions of being on the battlefield. He saw death in his face and had to cope with it. His consequence was that he was aged by the experience of war. Vera Brittain disliked the war because it was not just those fighting how got hurt it was also those back home that got hurt. Many of them losing loved ones, which aged them while caught up in their misery. I think that the views of both poets are quite different but are the truth about what war really is and brings. It is a waste of time and most important, life! Hannah Condon. 10 CW ...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)

    Owen talks of all of the nightmares he has had because of the war and this event in particular Owen says "In all my dreams before my helpless sight" He describes how the man was taken away and the narrator Owen walked behind and saw his face.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The poem that I have chosen to analyse is "Exposure" by Wilfred Owen.

    3 star(s)

    White snow is associated with purity and innocence. The snow turns black, suggesting an atmosphere of evil with the men feeling scared, depressed and sorrowful. Continuing with the snow, Owen creates the idea that the snow is alive, as if the weather is a person and he or she is

  1. A comparison of 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen, showing ...

    But during his time in France he fell under machine fire. The two poems I have chosen to analyse are 'Exposure' and 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'. Both of these were written by Wilfred Owen after 1914. The subject of 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' is a gas attack on soldiers.

  2. Free essay

    Landscape of War in "Exposure" - Wilfred Owen

    The clouds that sag stormy could represent Owen, or another soldier's conscience and the weight of guilt on one's mind. "(...) sag stormy" could suggest that the mind is troubled or at unease and may indicate the mental repercussions of being involved in a war.

  1. Examine the way two poems by Wilfred Owen show the real horrors of war.

    When in hospital he became acquainted with Siegfried Sassoon, who was also a war poet. Each poet was strongly against the war and all it stood for. When in hospital (and in contact with on another) they greatly contributed to each other's poetry.

  2. Compare and Contrast, The shock and horror presented in the three war poems - ...

    I was a simple soldier boy, the young man in disabled was also a simple boy. I was for some reason happy with life, how can anybody be happy if they were fighting in this horrible war? Like both poems Dulce et Delcorum Est and Disabled, at first all men were happy with war; ' he asked to join'.

  1. How does Wilfred Owen present the horror of war in 'Dulce et Decorum est'. ...

    He also uses harsh constantan sounds. This is reflecting the sounds of the firing of rifles and shells; they would be short sharp sounds. All these things give us a picture in our head of life in the trenches. This helps a lot to the horror of war as an image is more powerful then words.

  2. I have chosen to study these 3 poems ;`Night Patrol` by Alan Ross, `War ...

    writing, she has written about a male photographer that has gone to war to take photos. As this is not a first hand piece she may have not got all the detail correct, unless she has spoken to a photographer that went to the war.

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