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Choose two poems from your selection of First World War Poetry, which have made a deep impression on you and examine how the poet communicates to us his feelings.

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Choose two poems from your selection of First World War Poetry, which have made a deep impression on you and examine how the poet communicates to us his feelings. I have chosen the two poems "The Send-Off" by Wilfred Owen and "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen, because I found these two poems very moving, and I could associate with them, from what I already know about the First World War. "The Send-Off" and "Dulce et decorum est" are both written by the same poet, and they both look at different aspects of the First World War. "The Send-Off" is about the young battalions of soldiers being sent away to their death. The title is very ominous and threatening, it makes you feel worried that you might be sent away as well. It also gives you a feeling of coldness and a feeling of not being wanted or cared for. The first sentence 'Down the close darkening lanes...' gives you a feeling of claustrophobia, a feeling of being alone. It is also reminiscent of the trenches, it is trying to give the soldiers a pre-view before they actually reach the real thing. The feeling of unwantedness continues on through the first stanza, 'To the siding shed', gives us the impression that the soldiers were just pushed to the side, like disregarded objects. The words 'grimly gay' show that the men are pretending to be happy and excited on the outside, but deep down they are probably very worried and anxious about where they are going. ...read more.

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The use of repetition 'A few, a few, too few for drums and yells.' Again Wilfred Owen emphasizes the fact that not many men will return from fighting in the war. I think he does this because it makes us have a feeling of guilt, it makes us think that we were the ones who sent them away. That we were the ones who killed all of those innocent young boys, who will never see their homes again. "Dulce est decorum est" is a poem that is talking about soldiers marching through the trenches to safety. It is talking about the traumas and tragedy's that Wilfred Owen experiences. In the first stanza has set a very vivid scene of pure and utter exhaustion, he says 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks.' When I hear this it makes me have pity on the suffering soldiers who have fought so hard for their life on the battlefields, and now have the struggle of getting home safely. This sentence is also very ironic as soldiers shouldn't be curled over they should be tall and to attention. Wilfred Owen hauls the reader into the poem, giving us a sense of actually being on the scene and being there in the trenches with those men. He uses 'we cursed through sludge.' The 'we' involves us, and when he uses 'cursed' this shows how strongly he felt about the situation he is in, about how much he was truly hating it. ...read more.

Conclusion

'And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,'here again he uses alliteration, he does this to draw your attention to the fact that this man id pleading for Wilfred Owens help, even though he is now dead. Wilfred Owen uses senses in this poem to give us a concrete reality of war, to draw us into the story and actually picture the scenes of war in our head. 'In all my dreams before my helpless sight.' 'If you could hear, at every jolt,' I think that Wilfred Owen finishes off the poem very well by reciting the title, and using it in such a way that you know that this saying is wrong, and that in fact 'Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori' is a lie. The two poems that I have written about 'The Send-Off' and 'Dulce et decorum est' both by Wilfred Owen show how he feels about the First World War. They both give leave the impression on you that he hated war. This is probably because he was involved in the war and felt all of the feelings and saw all of the things that he talks about in the poems. They both talk about how reluctant the soldiers are to be there or to be going there, but the reason they are going to fight is for there country. The only reason that they are going to fight for their country is because they have been led to believe that that is the correct thing to do. Susannah Newman ...read more.

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