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No heroes by David Morgan and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Own

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No heroes By David Morgan (Sea Harrier pilot, Royal navy) There were no heroes here Amongst the men who tramped through Rutted, quaking moor, Or crawled, cat-silent, Over skittering scree To prove the way. No heroes fought the blazing fires Which sucked the very blood from Ship and man alike. Or braved knife cold Without a thought To save a life No heroes they, but ones who loved Sweet life and children's laugh, And dreamt of home When war allowed. They were but men. Dulce et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood - shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of gas shells dropping softly behind. Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime... Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick ...read more.

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"No heroes they, but ones who loved sweet life and children's laugh, and dreamt of home when war allowed. We can say this image sticks us into the readers head, and successfully the author transmitting his feelings. A feeling of pain, and melancholy as well as sadness transmitted. Also this image concerns at least two senses, it is a visual imagery as well as an aural imagery "...children's laugh". Also we can find another image at the beginning of the first stanza in the 4th line. "Or crawled, cat-silent". Here the author wants us to imagine the soldiers crawling in the trenches, as silent as a cat. Here he uses a metaphor "cat-silent". By the other part, the poem written by Wilfrid Owen, shows a much more elevated tone. As we can also say that tone varies along the poem. "Dulce et Decorum Est" tone is agonizing, moving and shocking. If we looked in detail to the poem we can say that the tone from the first stanza is shocking and high. We can perceive a tone and a feeling of anger from part of the author. Owen writes the poem in second person (we) showing the readers that he has been to the war an make them believe more his ideas about war and what he thinks and says about it. The stanza which has a much more elevated tone which is not normal is the second one, in which Owen describes how he lived a moment where gas was thrown at him and his partners. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is called caesura. Also Morgan uses antithesis a pause, in some lines to contrast them. This pause is the point of balance. "No heroes they, but ones who loved". This pause makes the rhythm of the poem lower down and be not so fluid. Also we can find some alliterations in the poem such as "When war allowed." This gives the line more fluency. In conclusion, both authors, Morgan and Owen, use different kinds of literature figures to show and transmit their thoughts and ideas. In between these we can mention, metaphors, images, similes. Also the tone and diction of the poems help to transmit the ideas in a much better way. Finally if we compare the end of each poem, we can say that in "Dulce et Decorum Est", Owen finishes ironically after showing all the terrifying scenes and images before, all from the start of poem, by saying that it is sweet to die for one's country, writing it in Latin so it can be highlighted and noticed when reading the end of the poem "The old lie: Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori". By the other side "No heroes" has a more melancholic ending but showing you that although they are tough soldiers, they suffer. "No heroes they, but ones who loved Sweet life and children's laugh, And dreamt of home When war allowed. They were but men." Julio Fernandez-Davila S3L1 Mr. Bacon ...read more.

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