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Explore the Portrayal OF War in the Poetry of William Shakespeare and Wilfred Owen

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Coursework: GCSE War Poetry Explore the Portrayal OF War in the Poetry of William Shakespeare and Wilfred Owen This essay will look at two poems; one pre-1914 ('Before Agincourt') and one post-1914 poem ('Dulce et Decorum Est'). This essay will look at the poet's attitudes towards war, whether the poems show the myth or reality of war, and how they achieved these by their use of language and structure. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is a very graphic poem describing the true events of World War 1, focusing particularly on the death of a soldier from a gas attack. Wilfred Owen wrote this poem to inform people about the realities of War. ...read more.


Their unawareness is also shown in the phrase: '.....deaf even to the hoots of tired, outstripped five-nines that dropped behind' Words like 'sludge' and 'trudge' show that the conditions were awful for the troops. These words leads the reader to think that the ground is wet and very unstable. In lines 9- 16, we see the men getting caught up in a gas attack. 'Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!- An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting clumsy helmets just in time.' The rhythm suddenly quickens to show the soldier's panic during the attack. Exclamation marks and the use of short sentences speed the rhythm up. The use of 'stumbling', floundering' and 'fumbling' help the reader to imagine the desperate actions of the dying man. ...read more.


'To children ardent for some desperate glory' The phrase refers to how na�ve the men are towards war, that they are brainwashed into thinking that it's about glory. The word 'children' is used because children are na�ve and easily persuaded if there is some kind of reward. 'The old lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.(it is sweet and proper to die for your country)' This phrase shows Wilfred's opinion to the war, that he feels betrayed and lied to and that glory doesn't mean that much as it did do. 'Before Agincourt' was wrote by William Shakespeare for the play Henry V. This piece is an extract that was said by Henry before the battle of Agincourt. This piece is about raising the fighting spirit in his troops to lead them to victory. ...read more.

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