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How do Wilfred owen's 'dulce et decorum est' and Wilhelm klemm's 'clearing station' show the true horrors of war? What are the similarities and differences between both poems?

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How do Wilfred owen's 'dulce et decorum est' and Wilhelm klemm's 'clearing station' show the true horrors of war? What are the similarities and differences between both poems? World war one was started June 28th 1914 both the poems were written in 1917. One is written by an English man towards Jesse pope against his propaganda poems the other is written by a German who is horrified by the propaganda poems that people are writing. In 'clearing station' klemm shows how horrific the war even behind the trenches, and even though men are dying in battle in mass numbers they are still sending men to fight. Though they almost definitely will die. Dulce et decorum est shows that they are not bothered how the men die or even if they can survive they are disposable in the leaders eyes. The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," an anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen, makes great use of these devices. This poem is very effective because of its manipulation of the emotional parts of poetry. Owen's use language emphasizes his point, showing that war is terrible and devastating. ...read more.

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These comparisons illustrate the point so well that they increase the effectiveness of the poem. The most important means of developing the effectiveness of the poem is the graphic imagery. They evoke such emotions so as to cause people to become sick. The images can draw such pictures that no other poetic means can, such as in line twenty-two: "Come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs." This can be disturbing to think about. It shows troops being brutally slaughtered very vividly, evoking images in the reader's mind. In the beginning of the poem the troops were portrayed as "drunk with fatigue." With this you can almost imagine large numbers of people dragging their boots through the mud, tripping over their own shadow. Later in the poem when the gas was dropped, it painted a psychological image that would disturb the mind. The troops were torn out of their nightmarish walk and surrounded by gas bombs. How everyone, in "an ecstasy of fumbling" was forced to run out into the mist, unaware of their fate. Anyone wanting to fight in a war would become nervous at the image of himself running out into a blood bath. ...read more.

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show how worthless life is to the war although men are dying in mass numbers the armies are still saying it's a good thing that they join but they are not telling them how horrific it is when you get there this is what this poem is doing it is telling the truth about war unlike the propaganda poems that people like Jesse pope are writing. After comparing these two poems I have started to understand poetry more but also how people who didn't fight in the war thought it was though these poems showed the true horror of the war people still joined up. The message in these poems is more clearly presented though dulce et decorum est as the poem is easier to understand the main difference in these poem is that they are written by different sides of the armies one is German the other is British but they still share the same views on how horrific war is. On both sides men's lives are worthless they don't care they are just disposable. But they both show how horrific war really was back in the first world war. By Jamie Naylor ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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