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World War one poetry - Anthem for Doomed Youth'

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WORLD WAR ONE POETRY "Bent doubled like old beggars under sacks" was the first simile in the poem, Owen said this to give the impression that they were all very tired and their posture was very slouched. They were walking like beggars 'under' sacks. This made out that the soldiers were bent down so much that the bags were on top of them and not hung on their backs. "Coughing like hags" gave me the very good image of what the soldiers' state was, Owen uses a lot of similes in this poem and uses them well to describe the whole feel of the setting. When the gas shells hit and the one man couldn't get his gas mask on in time he used a simile to describe the movement of the man who was dying. "Like a man in fire or lime" I imagined that the man was running around jerking his arms around as if he was on fire. In the first stanza Owen really tried to make out that these men weren't exited and happy to go to war they were in a terrible state and needed rest. ...read more.

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There wasn't any choir apart from the demented shrill whistle of the bombs dropping around them. There wasn't any candles held in boys' hands but the glimmer in their eyes. The girls' tears that miss them at home are their coffins because all the dead bodies were just thrown in a ditch. The only flowers that they'll receive are in the mourning people's minds. Owens poems' have a very dark theme about them; both of them were about death and were written as though he really felt strongly about both of them. It's obvious that Owen has seen a lot of death in his time and has been possibly very disturbed by all that he saw 'Dulce et Decormu Est' was a very graphical and disturbing poem that amount of detail he put in about the way the young man died was very graphical. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' was slightly tamer but still seemed to have a disturbing theme to it about how no effort had been made to appreciate the young soldiers in the war. 'The Hero' by Seigfried Sasoon was about a Colonel telling a mother about her son dying and lying to her so she'd feel better about the way her son died. ...read more.

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They sped 'glum' soldiers who were tired and depressed to war and die. He'd be seen with his puffy petulant face, which meant that his complexion looked healthy, and he was well. He got to drink wine in the best hotels. Seigfried ended the poem saying that while all the soldiers that were out dying in muddy ditches in the most horrific type of pain, the old generals could go home and just die of old age, while they had done nothing for their country but send young men to their deaths. Wilfred Owen had a much more painful experience of war, which is why I think his poems are so much more graphical and disturbing. He has focused on the worst parts of war and why they were so bad. Seigfried focused outside of war and how it touched other people's lives, Owen and Sassoon have very different writing styles. While Owens writing style stays fairly similar, Sassoon's style seemed to change a bit in the two poems. I prefer Owens poems because his seemed more real, while Sassoon wrote about other people. Owen really believed in what he was writing about. ...read more.

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