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Rupert Brooke writes ‘The Dead’ in an extremely relaxed and romantic mood.

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War Poetry Rupert Brooke writes 'The Dead' in an extremely relaxed and romantic mood. The main reasons for this will be discussed. Firstly we must understand that this poem was written before the war. We must also consider that Brooke himself had not experienced war. He never managed to experience war firsthand because he died before getting to take part in war. With this in mind, the poem seems very clear and concise. Brooke aims to show us the glory that is brought about by dying for your country. He thinks that war is a simple and dignified cause, which has no problems. He aims to make us more patriotic and convinced to die for our country in war. The first line "Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!" seems very energetic and joyous for a horrendous thing such as war. This may mean that, Brooke tries to symbolise enthusiasm and glory. Since bugles are used at a grand occasion, he may be trying to indicate that dying for your country is a glorious way to end your life. ...read more.

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Here it is most likely that Brooke is trying to refer back to the great wars fought way back in the times of King William and King Henry. By looking at this sonnet, we can come to the obvious conclusion that Brooke was very idealistic about war and had no idea of the horror and suffering involved. As the war raged on more and more people were sent to war. Wilfred Owen was one of these people who had the opportunity to experience trench warfare firsthand. For this reason, Owen writes about war more seriously and realistically. The title of this poem means, "It is sweet and fitting". This is the first part of an old Latin saying, which means, "It is sweet and fitting to die for your country". Owen clearly disagrees with this by calling it "The old Lie". The reasons are quite obvious after reading this poem. Owen aims to show us the horror of war in this poem. He tells us about the death of a soldier, brought about by a gas bomb. ...read more.

Conclusion

The words "guttering, choking, drowning" describe the way that the soldier has died. The previous two lines explain how he sees the same image of this particular soldier in his dreams, everyday. This perhaps troubles Owen greatly. The pace of this stanza greatly helps with the mood of panic. The third and final stanza continues the imagery of the soldier's horrendous death. Owen says that you could "watch the white eyes writhing in his face". This shows the horrific death, which the soldier has died. He has such a ghastly expression on his face. Many other horrific diseases and vile things have been compared to this death. Some examples are "froth-corrupted lungs", "Obscene as cancer" and "bitter as the cud of vile". This soldier's death is troubling and it is made obvious by comparing them to these things. The last three lines are what the whole poem is based on. Owen directly addresses us in his message by calling us "My friend". He explains that we should not encourage future generations to fight in war for glory. The two poems really contrast and oppose each other greatly. Whereas Brooke writes about war idealistically and with passion, Owen does the complete opposite. Owen's poem is however more reliable since he has experienced war. ...read more.

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