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Wilfred Owen essay about Dulce and Anthem. Assessment task 17-20. can be improved a little.

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HSC Standard English Assessment Task Weight - 20% 17/20 marks By Karina Lucan Topic: Close Study of Text - The Poetry of Wilfred Owen Question: "Poets all have a distinctive style and particular concerns." What do you see as the major concerns of Wilfred Owen's poetry? Refer to TWO poems in detail. Wilfred Owen's poetry has a 'distinctive' style and he writes about particular concerns. The main concerns of his poems are the waste of young lives at war, and the pain and suffering a lot of people endure. This can be seen by the poems "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulche Et Decorum Est". The poem "Dulche Et Decorum Est" is about the death by gas and the suffering as a result. Owen conveys the point that war is a waste, and the only outcome is a waste of young lives. ...read more.

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Hyperbole is used, for example, 'men marched asleep', showing the extent of the soldiers' fatigue, and suggests short, sharp and mechanical movements. The central image of 'Dulche et Decorum est' is depicted in the simile, 'as under a green sea, I saw him drowning'. Through that short yet powerful line, the readers feel a sense of hopelessness as the soldier dies, and there is nothing anyone can do. The readers are also addressed in the last stanza through the use of the word 'you', for example 'my friend'. This dramatically forces the reader to reconsider their opinions of war and to feel sympathy towards the soldiers. However, the poem is based around the line 'Dulche et Decorum est', referred to as 'The old Lie'. This 'lie' means that 'it is noble and glorious to die for one's country'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The comparison of funerals and battlefields is seen through the first stanza of the poem, where 'candles' are just 'holy glimmers' (tears) in the eyes of the soldiers, and funeral bells are replaced with the sounds of weapons. These comparisons emphasise how insignificant the soldiers' deaths are, and how ignorant people are to that. In the last line, 'each slow dusk' refers to the end of something and in this case, the end of the war. Also in the last line is the 'drawing-down of the blinds', a custom that depicts death and is cleverly left until the end of the poem. Through these two poems, "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulche Et Decorum Est", it can be seen that Owen's main concerns were the pain and suffering of the soldiers and the insignificant waste of young lives. His 'distinctive' style is depicted through his use of various techniques and effective imagery of the war scene. ...read more.

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