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"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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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