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Poetry written about war has the ability to capture something of its horror and waste. Do you find this to be true from the reading of the poems you have studied?

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Poetry written about war has the ability to capture something of its horror and waste. Do you find this to be true from the reading of the poems you have studied? For my coursework I was asked to study three poems and anaylise them on how they bring out the horror and waste of war. I have chose "Dulce Et Decorum Est" By Wilfred Owen, "The Drum" by John scott and "The charge of the light brigade" by Lord Tennvson. Alll three poems I throughly enjoyed anaylising and reading. All the poems were anti-war and clearly showed the devasting effects of war on the soliders. It made me feel sorry for what the soliders had to go through and how much they suffered. I thought "Dulce Et Decorum Est" By Wilfred Owen brought this out espically well. All three poems painted psychological images that would disturb the mind and make the reader realise what the war was really like. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the use of extremely graphic imagery adds even more to his argument. Through the effective use of all three of these tools, this poem conveys a strong meaning and persuasive argument. The poem's use of excellent diction helps to more clearly define what the author is saying. Words like "guttering", "choking", and "drowning" not only show how the man is suffering, but that he is in terrible pain that no human being should endure. Other words like writhing and froth-corrupted say precisely how the man is being tormented. Moreover, the phrase "blood shod" shows how the troops have been on their feet for days, never resting. Also, the fact that the gassed man was "flung" into the wagon reveals the urgency and occupation with fighting. The only thing they can do is toss him into a wagon. The fact one word can add to the meaning so much shows how the diction of this poem adds greatly to its effectiveness. ...read more.

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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. The graphic images displayed here are profoundly affecting and can never be forgotten.The poem ties it all together in the last few lines.In Latin, the phrase "Dulce et decorum est pro partria mori" means: "It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country." Owen calls this a lie by using good diction, vivid comparisons, and graphic images to have the reader feel disgusted at what war is capable of. This poem is extremely effective as an anti-war poem, making war seem absolutely horrid and a waste, just as the author wanted it to. ...read more.

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