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The differences and similarities between Wilfred Owens 'Dulce ET Decorum EST' and Julian Grenfells 'Into Battle'

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English Essay 10/02/2003 Sebastian Page - N.J.P The differences and similarities between Wilfred Owens 'Dulce ET Decorum EST' and Julian Grenfells 'Into Battle' In the first paragraph Owen seems to suggest that war transform everything it touches. In the opening verse he describes soldiers returning from the frontline as being, 'like old beggars under sack and coughing like hags'. So, it seems to appear that these normally young fit men are becoming old and haggard before their time. Owen goes on to explain about their movements, 'they marched asleep' and 'trudged', so war has made them into seemingly cripples. Having said that, Julian Grenfell provides us with an entirely different approach to war. Grenfell seems to see war as something very similar to nature, 'Not only will 'fighting men take warmth from the sun, but they will also experience newer birth like the trees", so Grenfells suggests that when you fight you are re-born and you take your energy from your natural environment. So Grenfells view on war totally differs to Owens view of war, indeed, Grenfells even believes that God is on the soldiers' side, 'Heaven holds him in high comradeship". ...read more.


On the other hand, Grenfell mentions that he finds war a "great delight", and that the pain you suffer is all worth it and when eventually you die you would be overcome by a "great rest and fullness after death." So Grenfell's outlook on death in war is completely different to Owens outlook on war, as Owen recognizes that all types of war causes pain which leads to death. Whereas, Grenfell sees fighting for ones country as patriotic, and dying in war as the climax of your life. Thirdly, Owen presents the reader with the thought of death, pain and helplessness, which are all linked. Owen goes into detail of this man in the process of dying, he describes the mans expressions to a "devil sick of sin", and you would never see the devil sick of sin, so Owen is implying that the devil is so fed up of war and death that he is sick of it, therefore you can feel for how much this man is in pain and fed up of the reality of war. ...read more.


So you can really reason with why Owen reasons this way, as many people see being in a war and dying for your country, the right thing to do. Whereas the poem into battle by Grenfell wants everyone to know about how he feels war is so great and that your life reaches a climax when you die, as he mentions about the, "joy of battle..." So Grenfell feels dying for your country important and he sees himself being as a hero by joining in war and dying. So, you can really see the difference between the two soldiers, as Grenfell is an extremely patriotic person and it is as if he has been blinded not to see the real truth of war, yet Owen can see the real light of war and hates it, "the old lie: Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori." Both poems concentrate on the similar subject of going to war but have totally different points of view and contradict each other. For example Grenfell has a patriotic point of view, meanwhile Owen has a critical opinion of war. However, both poets use their knowledge to show us how soldiers in World War 1 confronted war and the consequences that war brought to the soldiers. ...read more.

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This is a good essay which attempts to answer the question and uses PEA (Point, Evidence, Analysis) throughout. There is some repetition of ideas and phrases. Some good analysis which needs inclusion of more literary terminology. Shows clear understanding of the poems.

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