• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and Contrast Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and Brooke’s ‘the Soldier’

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Mohammed Tahir Y11 31 March 2001 COMPARE AND CONTRAST OWEN'S 'DULCE ET DECORUM EST' AND BROOKE'S 'THE SOLDIER' The poems 'Dulce et decorum est' and 'The Soldier' by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke respectively, render images of war that have rather contrasting effects. Brooke foresees his death yet is contempt, while Owen describes others and is frustrated and angered at what he beholds, attacking the lies of the widespread propaganda. Owen's portrayal of war comes as a jolt to the average bystander, predominantly comprised of the armchair patriots to whom he mainly concentrates on awakening. He initiates the recount of the trial of courage and heart of the soldiers, with their description as 'old beggars' 'coughing like hags', trudging through the 'sludge', walking 'asleep' with an 'ecstasy of fumbling'. The unnerving description of the sufferings endured in the war and the disjointed rhythm to the poem further captivates our attention, and causes us to be charged with a sense of pity to their inevitable sense of fatalism. ...read more.

Middle

It hammers down the message to the propaganda-filled minds that saturate the land, and those patriots who blissfully watch the events around them that there could be no bigger lie then 'dulce et decorum est pro patria mori'. Owen struggles to deter and repel more from signing their own death warrants; he attempts to awaken the engrossed that step from a mist of sham and pretence into a mist of murder and savagery. 'The Soldier' on the other hand projects images of a heavenly depot for Brooke himself. He conveys and discusses what is good about war and the English culture. His jingoistic attitude leads him to believe that in the 'corner of a foreign field', there will be a dust 'whom England bore, shaped, made aware' which is 'richer dust' than the dust in which it is 'concealed'. It is a 'superior' dust, supporting his idea of imperialism, only because it was bred and nurtured with English values, 'breathing English air, | washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home'. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is greatly different to 'Dulce et decorum est' where there is a ragged rhythm. This being unnatural seems to break the ideas 'The Soldier' presents. Owen attacks the patriotism and colonial context others convey. Brooke deploys them to achieve his goal of producing an image of happiness and optimism from a fairly obvious predicament where people are bitterly melancholic. He attempts to illustrate the pleasure of heaven; Owen illustrates the torture of hell. Owen's use of imagery and diction frightens the reader. His use of metaphors and similes to describe soldiers 'all blind | drunk with fatigue' 'drowning in the gas, and the use of onomatopoeia such as 'gargling' horrifies us and puts our own lives into perspective. The use of sibilance and harsh sounding words dismays us. We think; can suffering and pain reach such a threshold? Such graphic and horrendous renderings and depictions; life cannot be much worse. Being chained in rows with a hanging face 'brother' to that of a devil's sick of sin'. Why are these doomed youth forced to fight in earth's begotten hell. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Wilfred Owen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Wilfred Owen essays

  1. War Poetry - "The soldier" by Rupert Brooke and "Dulce et decorum est" by ...

    It talks about soldiers that do not want to die for their own country. They had gone to war thinking they would have a fun adventure and that they would fight for honor, but they would soon find out that these thoughts were lies.

  2. Compare and contrast the presentation of war in Wilfred Owen's Dulce et decorum est ...

    In addition he suggests that not only war was evil but also the atmosphere. Throughout The charge of the Light brigade, Lord Tennyson uses a capital D for death. Hence classifying 'Death' as a living thing. Through personifying death Tennyson gives the readers an impression that the soldiers 'Rode' into

  1. Wilfred Owens World War poetry Dulce et Decurum est and Mental Cases

    Following this, the image that is portrayed is that the soldier's face had dropped and was now exceedingly unsightly. 'His face hanging like a devil's sick of sin,' is a simile that highlights this point. This comparison implies that his face was corrupted and baneful.

  2. Anthem for Doomed Youth - Analysis

    Owen, himself experienced the horror of World War One. Although his poetry uses the context of this war, his poetry has universality as it attempts to confront the reader about the experience of war. He is outraged by the senseless loss of life as well as the dehumanising effects of war.

  1. Wilfred Owen 'Dulce et Decorum est'.

    The two lines in this verse create the impression that the soldiers are somehow in a daze and do not hear sounds fully. It is as if they have become isolated within themselves. Their illness is further emphasized when the poet says: "...

  2. To compare the ways in which these poems display the horrors of war. I ...

    Owen uses a number of verbs as adjectives such as ��haunting flares�� and ��dropping flares�� The second Stanza is six lines and it also has the rhyming scheme A, B, A, B, C, D�.       Throughout the stanza Owen uses graphic detail to emphasise the pain of the

  1. The poems "The soldier" by Rupert Brooke and "Dulce et decorum est" by Wilfred ...

    that they could return as high ranked officers, but as they face war they face horrors and they find out that their thoughts were lies. Then he tells that a lot of soldiers die and the survivors get total physical and emotional damage as they face too much horror and violence.

  2. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and The Soldier by Rupert Brooke - ...

    It almost sounds like a fairytale when the subject of the poem is war. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is distinctively unlike 'The Soldier' with the style it is written in. It is a lot more about hate and anger and at the end of the poem it states that the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work