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Write About the war poems of your choice making a detailed comparison of at least two of them.

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Write About the war poems of your choice making a detailed comparison of at least two of them. What impression have you gained, from your reading, of the differences between the glamorised picture of war and the reality of experience? War is a struggle between two sides for land, wealth, power, control and glory. It causes a lot of devastation, suffering and misery. It brings about all the problems and difficulties, which affect and ruin the lives of many people, causing them to die or become disabled, widowed and fatherless. It leaves its horrid pictures and effects for the people and land to suffer for many years afterwards. World War I is such an example of this. It started August 1914 and carried on for 4 years, to when it finally ended in 1918. Considering the fact that it would only continue till December 1914, the people desperate for the glory of war joined the army, even the youths of 13 years old joined. There was a lot of propaganda to support and encourage people to join the army. People were not told the truth about the conditions at the war in order to enlist more people to join the army. Men, especially the youths, received white feathers from women for their cowardice for not joining the army. ...read more.

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Overall the poem is an effective piece; it makes the reader confident about the war and death. The poem is a sonnet, and has a distinct rhyming pattern. In the first verse there are 8 lines, with every first line rhyming with the third and second with the fourth. There are 6 lines in the second verse and the rhyming pattern is different to the first verse; first line rhymes with the fourth, second with the fifth and third with the sixth. "Peace" emphasizes on the idea of glory of war, but still war is a horrific and a gruesome experience, much worse than the glory and glamour of the war. Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was on the Continent teaching until he visited the hospital for wounded and then decided in 1915 to return England and enlist .As an officer he wanted to help the soldiers. He already had the experience of war, even before joining the army; he wanted to speak for the soldiers. Owen was injured in March 1917 and sent home. But he was fit by August 1918 and returned to the front in November 1918, and died just 7 days before the end of war. "Dulce et Decorum Est" is an example of such horror and frightful experience. The poem starts with terrible description of the soldiers. ...read more.

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At nights there were colonies of rats between the two front lines, all hunting for food. The deadly poisonous gas was another major fear upon the soldiers, because it was heavier than the air and sunk to the bottom of the trenches, which caused a lot of trouble and many horrific deaths. Soldiers had to clean the paths covered with rotting dead bodies; they didn't bury them, just threw them away on one side and left them there. Soldiers were not allowed any kind of leave or to run away. Any one doing so was severely punished and sometimes shot to death. This shows how horrific and terrible war can be. Soldiers have to face many difficulties and troubles through the war. In my opinion I think "Dulce et Decorum Est" is more effective than "Peace". I think this is because of the very effective language used by Wilfred Owen. Any one reading both poems will be influenced more by "Dulce et Decorum Est" than "Peace". "Peace" gives the glory of war, but no strong and effective language is used to overcome the reality of war in "Dulce et Decorum Est". One reason for this might be the fact that Wilfred Owen has seen a lot of combat in the war before he died. However Rupert Brook didn't see much of the suffering in the war and died just after a year of the start of war. But in my opinion "Dulce et Decorum Est" is more effective than "Peace". Awais Hameed Page 1 of 1 ...read more.

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