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‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ And ‘The Send Off Essay’

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'Dulce Et Decorum Est' And 'The Send Off Essay' We learn a number of different things about the effects of war in Wilfred Owens two poems 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'The Send Off '. Wilfred Owen Is one of the great anti war poets. On the 30th of December 1916 Wilfred Owen, having completed his military training, sailed for France. No knowledge, imagination or training fully prepared him for the shock and suffering of front line experience. Within twelve days of arriving in France the easy-going chatter of his letters turned to a cry of anguish .A soldier participating in World War I, he was blown up and shell shocked, but he was back at the front line a several days later. In the last week he was shot and killed on the 4th of November 1918 his parents found out on the day of 'Ringing Bells' on the 11th of November 1918. His poetry illustrates the horrors of war gained through first hand experience. These two poems are very explanatory about what it was really like during the First World War. I think Wilfred Owen wanted people at home and in the government to realise what was happening in War. The theme of 'The Send Off ' is that the soldiers 'Send Off ' is anonymous 'So Secretly, Like Wrongs Hushed-Up, They Went'. ...read more.

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Death seems to be mentioned a lot in Wilfred Owen's poems for example the title of 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' means It Is Sweet And Noble To Die for Your Country. Throughout the poem more pictures are painted of death and funerals for example, 'As under a green sea I saw him drowning.' 'He plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning'. From the next quotes we can see that Wilfred Owen must have suffered from nightmares about the war and the trenches. He says 'In all my dreams before my helpless sight', 'He plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning', 'If in some smothering dreams you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in' Pictures of death are also painted in the poem 'The send-off ' and I think that Wilfred Owen is trying to put forward the idea that when you are 'Sent Off ' you never come back. 'A few, a few too few for drums and yells, may creep back silent to village wells' The quote below shows us that Wilfred Owen saw 'The send-off ' as a funeral. The quote leads me to get the impression that death is mocking the flowers and spray and turning them into flowers and spray for funerals. ...read more.

Conclusion

Wilfred Owens experience of war seems to be portrayed in both 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'The send off '. In Dulce et decorum Est Owen mentions 'we' and 'I' feel that this implies that he is writing from personal experience and not from something that he has seen while he was in the trenches. This is both his view and the view of his men as he says 'we'. 'Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge'. Both these poems leave me with a miserable thought. In 'The Send Off ' Wilfred Owen describes the solders coming home to a village they do not know and in 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' he says that Dulce Et Decorum Est is a lie and that we shouldn't tell our children that its Sweet and Noble To Die For Your Country. I like the way the last line is short in both poems it gives the poem more of an impact. I think that Wilfred Owen wrote these two excellent poems because he was trying to bring the horrors of war to the reader. In 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' he asks the reader if they could follow the wagon with the injured solider in and in the send off he relates the solders return to the village and asks how many are going to come home. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dalver Birak 10v ...read more.

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