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To show how attitudes to the war changed as the Great War progressed I have chosen four poems. "The soldier" by Rupert Brooke, "In Flanders Field" by John McCare and " Disabled" and "Dulce Et Decorum Est." both by Wilfred Owen.

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English Coursework. Poetry Unit War Poems To show how attitudes to the war changed as the Great War progressed I have chosen four poems. "The soldier" by Rupert Brooke, "In Flanders Field" by John McCare and " Disabled" and "Dulce Et Decorum Est." both by Wilfred Owen. Both John McCare and Rupert Brookes poems were written early on in the war, however Rupert Brooke has glorified war unlike John McCare who saw war as a job that needed to be done. Wilfred Owen's poems were written later on in the war and both talk about the reality of war. He mentions gas attacks, death and horrific injuries. When comparing the poet's attitude to war, Wilfred Owen's "Dulce Et Decorum Est" has a totally different perspective to that of Rupert Brooke's poem, "The soldier." "Dulce Et Decorum Est" tell us what it really was like for the soldiers, "Men marched asleep. Many have lost their boots But limped on, blood shod." Compare that abstract with one from The Soldier, "Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day" It clearly highlights that Owen had a clear view on what war ...read more.


When looking at the language used I noticed that in "Dulce Et Decorum Est" it had harsh and powerful language. Words such as "forth corrupted lungs" and "obscene as cancer", they illustrate that his attitude was not only one of bitterness but also one of frustration. This language also demonstrates that war can affect people in such awful ways. "Disabled" has both enthusiastic and bitter language. Before this young lad joined the war Owen uses to words to show happy the town was, "Swinging so gay" ..... "glow- lamps budded in the light blue trees" but after he came back from the war Owen described the terrible conditions he was in and how he will spend his last few years. The words are cold and bitter. " Few sick years in institutes.... A leap of purple spurted from his thighs." "In Flanders Field" the poet used different tenses to give his message across. The first stanza is in the present tense, with language that makes the reader fell calm, he used nature for example, "poppies blowing in fields" .... ...read more.


If you were to read out Owens" Dulce Et Decorum Est" you would use an angry tone, however in " Disabled" you would you a peaceful and reflective tone. For the other two poems you would use a soft and persuasive tone because they are sad and reflective. The structures of the poems were nearly the same (except "In Flanders Field") the others used iambic pentameter and all of the poems used a predicable rhyme scheme. " The soldier" was written in a sonnet form and it gave the poem a Romantic touch. To conclude, I feel that as the war went on the poems got better because they gave a good sense of what war was about because of the imagery used. I didn't particually like the other poems by John McCare and Rupet Brookes because I feel; that war is horrible and that these poems seem to make war sound good and wonderful and they encourage people to go, I do feel sorry for these soldiers, they had to fight in these terrible conditions, it made me wonder, why do we have wars? Perhaps that is what Wilfred Owen wanted his readers to do? By Ruth Watts ...read more.

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