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'The soldier' and 'Dulce et decorum est'. Compare the way the two poems treat the subject and explain to what extent you find one more effective than the other.

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Choose two poems on the subject of war or hostility. Compare the way the two poems treat the subject and explain to what extent you find one more effective than the other. In your answer you must refer closely to the text and to at least two of the following: theme, structure, imagery, rhythm and rhyme, or any other appropriate features. Two poems that contend with the subject of war are "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke and "Dulce et decorum Est" written by Wilfred Owen. Both poets fought and died in the First World War. Although both poems concentrate on the theme of "dying for your country during war" their treatment of the subject is exceedingly different. ...read more.

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Swearing and coughing as they plough through the thick mud. It makes me realise the exhaustion and state of ill health the men suffered. The poet cleverly uses the word "cursed" instead of "coursed" to show the soldiers disillusionment with their situation. The soldiers' exhaustion is also highlighted later in the first Stanza in the Metaphor "Drunk with fatigue" The men are not literally inebriated but due to their extreme tiredness their senses are dulled, they cannot concentrate and they find it difficult to control their limbs and speech as if they were intoxicated When a gas attack begins the soldiers burst into motion Owen describes the onset of a gas attack. "Gas!GAS!Quick boys!" The emphasis on the second gas shows that the men's senses are so numbed they have not heard this warning the first time. ...read more.

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This also connotes death, as these are methods used to break down dead bodies. Owen then describes the soldier actual death and goes into a dreamlike state in his dream the man plunges towards him. The word "plunges" shows the man is reaching for help in a desperate manner. He can see the soldier "Guttering, chocking drowning," but he cannot help him. I find these Onomatopoeias effective as they shows how horrid and terrifying Wilfred Owens's dreams are and how badly the sight of this man's death has affected him. The word "flung" is used to describe the manner in which the men put the dead soldier's body into a wagon. This word choice is effective as it shows the soldiers are desensitised to their comrades death as they have done this so many times. ...read more.

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