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POETRY ANALYSIS: Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and My Lai by David Campbell

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AS and A Level War Poetry

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War poetry has been around for centuries. Since homer the Iliad to today's modern poetry. And in its time it has changed, it adapted to what society liked at the time. Or did it? This seminar ""changing times, changing ideologies" is here to prove that once somebody challenged the war ideology at the time it not only shocked readers, but allowed them to change their view on what war is about.

I have put together two pieces of poetry today, both at different times. The first one is Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen, Dulce Et Decorum Est is said to be the turning point in war poetry as it was the first poem to challenge the war ideology of the time. The second poem is My Lai by David Campbell. My Lai tells the story of the infamous Vietnam massacre by US soldiers

Wilfred Owen was a soldier poet who battled on the front line of the First World War. Because of the positive warfare ideology of fighting in the war was honorable and noble, so many people, such as Wilfred Owen, signed up, hoping to gain such honor. However when Owen witnessed the

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