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How do Wilfred Owen and John McCrae differ in their attitude to war?

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These two poems are the most famous and best written poems of World War 1. Wilfred Owen wrote 'Dulce et Decorum Est' in 1915 and John Mc Crae wrote 'In Flanders Field' which was 1st published in 1919, four days before Mc Crae died. These two World War poets have distinctively different views on war. But, there are also some similarities between them for example the poems were both 1st hand accounts and that the poets had 1st hand experience of the war. Another similarity is that the poets died from the effects of the war. These two poets have different attitudes towards the war in general as Owen originated from the 1st wave of World War 1 poets. These types of poets strongly opposed the war; they saw the war as bloody and non-patriotic. On the other hand, John Mc Crae was in the 2nd wave of poets. ...read more.


The phrase 'blood-shod', which is assonance, shows the hardship that the soldiers are suffering in. Words like, lame, blind, drunk and deaf show that the senses of the soldiers are stopped up and that they can no longer walk, smell, see and hear (hoots). From the sad tone of stanza 1, we are introduced into stanza 2 which is a frenzied opening in other words in complete contrast to the previous stanza. The first words 'Gas! Gas!' show violent movement. The words fumbling and clumsy show the difficulty the soldiers were in trying to get their masks on. Owen goes onto describe very effectively the way that one particular solider cannot fit his helmet on at time. He uses a simile 'like a man in fire or in lime'. This prepares us for stanza 3. This is the longest stanza in the poem, and most detailed. ...read more.


The poem contains 3 stanzas, but is much shorter than that of the previous poem. The tone of this poem is more peaceful and very nostalgic by the end of the stanza. Also becomes sad near end. When the 2nd stanza is read, it reflects the past and in the last stanza shows that it is patriotic for e.g.; 'take up your quarrel with the foe', yet keeping the poem sad and determined. When the dead are mentioned it makes the poem very concise. We have quite a big of imagery in this poem, for e.g. assonance 'shall not sleep' 'row on row' and 'poppies grow'. Also there is personification for e.g. 'singing larks'. From this we can see the main similarity in the poems. The language of the 2 poems greatly moved Britain at the time of war, which gave the whole of the world a different perception of World War 1. By Connor Allan 4 Lyndon ...read more.

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