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Poetry Comparison between "Dulce est decorum est" and the "dead"

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Poetry Comparison between "Dulce est decorum est" and the "dead" Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th of March 1893 in Oswestry (United Kingdom). He was the eldest of four children and brought up in the Anglican religion of the evangelical school. He enlisted in the Artists' Rifles on 21st October 1915 and there followed 14 months of training in England. He was called up and sent to France in 1917, the worst winter of the war. His total war experience was rather short: four months, from which only five weeks were spent in the line. On this is based all his war poetry. After battle experience, thoroughly shocked by horrors of war, he went to Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. These two poems share the same theme of war. However they approach war from completely different perspectives. Dulce Est Decorum est illustrates the futility of war where as the dead explores the glory of dying as a soldier. Dulce Est Decorum Est discusses "the old lie Dulce Est pro patria mori". ...read more.


He uses words like king to make these men seem hugely respectable. Also in the first few lines Owen uses alliteration "knock-kneed coughing like old hags we cursed through the sludge." The alliteratives coughing and cursing actually make the reader feel and hear the hacking sounds of these men coughing. Both authors use supernatural imagery but for very different reasons. In Dulce Est Decorum Est Owen uses supernatural imagery such as "coughing like hags", "we cursed", "haunting flares", "man in fire or lime", "thick green light", and "devils sick of sin" to make the poem sound a lot more occult. Owen emphasizes the fact that these men no longer have any wilful influence over their actions they just do what they are told due to sleep deprivation and shell shock "Men marched asleep many had lost their boots but limped on bloodshod. All went lame ; all blind drunk with fatigue." Here Owen uses words like "limped", "marched asleep", and "bloodshod" to emphasize the drowsiness and fatigue of these men . ...read more.


The word 'children' suggests tenderness and sympathy for the young, na�ve men who are misled. In the last stanza Owen speaks with tenderness and sympathy for the men as well as accusation to the people spreading tales of false glory. It is made quite clear that Owen has been to war and Brooke hasn't in the way they talk so differently about everything. Owen who has had a great deal of war experience puts across how futile and pointless war is. The last lines of his poem are "the old lie Dulce Est Decorum Est Pro Patria mori." This means that it is sweet and fitting to die for ones Country. Owen calls this a lie and is obviously realized that all the propaganda about how noble it is to go to war is just lies and the reality is that war is depressing and can destroy your life mentally as well as physically. Brooke on the other hand who has written his poem on the way to war and still believes all this propaganda is reflected in his poem in the way he discusses losing your life a reward rather than a punishment. By Adam Holings ...read more.

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