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Poem comparison - Wilfred Own

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1. English poem comparison Wilfred Own was born on the 18th of March 1893. He was born in a place called Plas Wilmot Shropshire and became an English teacher in Bordeaux. Later in 1915 he enlisted in the army. 1917 saw him in France were he wrote his first war poem. After a shell landed near to him he laid there with a mangled corps of a fellow officer, because of this he soon transported to a Lock Hart war hospital here he meet a well know writer Siegfried Saloon. He was diagnosed with suffering from shell shock. After his meeting with Siegfried Saloon he wrote two famous poems "Anthen doomed Youth" and "Dulce Et Decorum Est". 1918, he was fit for fighting and was sent to Beavievior Fousonne, for this he was awarded the military cross for bravery. Just one week before the war ended on the 4th of November 1918 he got killed by machine gun fire while crossing the Sanbre Canal. The title "Dulce Et Decorum Est" is written in Latin and translates to "It is sweet and fitting to lay down ones life for ones country. Both poems offer opposing views of war, Tennysons is saying the view on honour and the glory of fighting, Owens is saying the about the horror and the futility of wasting young lives. ...read more.


Owen describes a wagon, which is a wagon coming to take the wounded away. He says that "he watched his friends white eyes withering in his face" this is from the panic from when he died from the gas. This line is also alteration. Owen explains that the gas is so disusing that the devil himself would turn his back on it, although he doesn't say it the reader would get the message Owen is trying to get across. He describes diseases that everyone could relate to, Owen does this to show the agony and suffering of war "Bitter as the cud" Owen is relating to the disease cancer, just like gas cancer infects the body and spreads. "My friend" is used in line 9 of stanza 4 to bring the reader into the poem and keeps you interested. The last two lines say "The old lie: Dulce Et Decorum est Pro patria mori." This translated to "it is sweet and fitting to lay down ones life for your country, you're not fighting for your country you lying for it!" I think that this is a very 3. powerful line. Overall Owen aimed this poem at politicians. Owens not saying don't fight for your country just to make sure you know the consequences, death. Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born at Somersby Lincolnshine. He was educated by his father, a rector in the Church of England, and at the Trinity College, Cambridge. ...read more.


There's is some alliteration in this stanza "world wonder'd." "Plunged in the battery-smoke" this is the smoke from the cannons. Tennyson uses the word "Reel'd" this means horsemanship, Tennyson used this to emphasis the bravery of these soldiers riding straight into these cannons. They retreat because they were "shatter'd" and "shunder'd." Tennyson then uses the line "not the six hundred" he used this because at the end of all the other stanza's he says "rode the six hundred." Stanza 5 it the battle continuing we read the repetition again of "cannon" on the first three lines. Sixth line of stanza 5 sees alliteration "horse and hero fell," this is also tells the reader that there is a close relationship between man and beast. "Jaws of death" is used again saying that all that was left of the six hundred rode back from it. Stanza 6 is the last stanza and closes the poem. This stanza emphasises their loss. Tennyson is trying to make the reader feel sorry for the soldiers hat charged, he does this by saying "Honour the charge they made! Honour the light brigade Noble six hundred." This also gets the point across about their bravery. Overall the two poems might be about war but the give two completely different views on it. Owens is giving a first person story of the trenches of World War 1, the gas and his friend dieing. Tennyson's is a heroic poem; however, he was not there so some of the information could be inaccurate. By Chris. Nelmes ...read more.

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