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War poem essay.

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Introduction

War poem essay I am going to discuss the changing attitudes to war by two World War One poets, by comparing their poems. I have chosen to compare the poems "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen, which was written between 1925-1918. The other poem is "The Soldier" written by Rupert Brooke in 1915. Owen describes war as an unpleasant experience and that dying for your country is not such an amazing and noble encounter as people say. In "The Soldier" the poet tells us that he is willing to die for his country because he believes he has somewhere amazing to go after death. I think theses two poems are a very good contrast as the poets have very different views towards the war and show these feelings by using many different techniques. ...read more.

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This quotation is a metaphor and proves what poor conditions the soldiers were expected to defeat the enemy in. Soldiers were sleepy and inert as a gas shell is fired. Owen describes the moment as being exciting instead of the soldiers panicking the men hurried around with titillation as they prepared for the gas. "An ecstasy of fumbling" and "fitting the clumsy helmets just in time" this quotation seems as if Owen is describing the helmets as clumsy, but the poet actually means that the soldiers are filled with so much excitement that they are rapidly fixing their helmets on to their heads. This is a technique called transferred epithet. The gas shell dropped as the soldiers flee for their lives a soldier is caught in the thick smog of gas. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poet clearly states that all the young children who are desperate for glory and to become heroes, not to go to war because from what he has seen, it is not such a sweet and honourable thing to die for country. The poem "The Soldier" written by Rupert Brooke is about a soldier who unlike the soldiers in "Dulce et Decorum est" has never experienced the horrorific sights and sounds of war. The soldier is pleased about fighting for his country because he believes there is a fantastic and wonderful place to go after daeth that will reward him for his bravery "Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home". This is very different to Owen's decription towards war as he thinks it is a horrible place and it is not worth dying for your country. The poem is written in the first person, but talks about the future rather than the present ...read more.

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