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"Poets in all ages have written about the destructive, Horrifying nature of war."

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"Poets in all ages have written about the destructive, Horrifying nature of war." In this essay I will examine and explain two anti war poems and explain how each of them has made me feel about war. The two poems I have chosen to analyse are "The Drum" by John Scott of Amwell and "Dulce at Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen. I have chosen two poems that are against war as I hold the view that war is wrong and immoral and they express my views on the inhumane subject that is war. "I hate that drum's discordant sound." This is the first line of "The Drum" by John Scott. It is an extremely powerful statement and it lets the reader know how the writer feels from the very first line. ...read more.

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It shows how people are drawn to war with the idea of war being seen as patriotic. This may been seen as correct from an objective point of view, but I fail to see how cold blooded murder can be seen as correct in a society that condemns murder as unjust and corrupt during days when war is not an issue. The language used in the first verse of Scott's poem shows the pointlessness of war: "Parading round, and round, and round." It also portrays the worthlessness of war: "Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms." However, in the second stanza very dark language is used which really highlights how revolted Scott is at the idea of war. Scott's use of language identifies with my views and it's realistic themes about war have opened my mind to aspects of war that I have never really given much thought to; such as the recruitment process. ...read more.

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In fact Owen suffered from symptomatic nightmares due to shell shock from his time in the trenches. Sleep first comes into play in the poem when we are told the "Men marched asleep" and is then again mentioned in Line six when Owen informs the reader the soldiers were "Drunk with fatigue." The second theme that uses imagery is one of death by drowning. Owen talks about watching a fellow soldier suffocating "under a green sea" of gas. I found this part of the text tremendously moving as it is told with such pity and compassion. Although I was very against war before I read Owens's poem, his description of his friend dying has really opened my eyes to how much suffering soldiers have been through, such as "incurable sores on innocent tongues." Hayley Coates English Mr Buchan Page 2Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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