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Compare and contrast the poems by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke that you have studied. Comment on the poets different attitudes to war and the effectiveness of their poetry conveying their ideas and feelings.

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Compare and contrast the poems by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke that you have studied. Comment on the poets' different attitudes to war and the effectiveness of their poetry conveying their ideas and feelings. The scale of World War one was enormous resulting in 8556315 deaths across the whole world. It was the largest war in history. The conditions in the trenches was horrific, as all men had lice, were vulnerable to frequent gas attacks and could easily catch diseases such as, trench foot and gangrene. Rats infested the trenches, the men where covered in mud and they didn't have time to regularly wash. The men smoked to relax at night. It's not surprising that the life expectancy of a soldier in the trenches was Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th March 1893 in Owestry, Shropshire. He was educated at the Birkenhead institute and at Shrewsbury Technical School. Owens jobs consist of a lay assistant to the vicar of Dunsden and a pupil teacher. Prior to the outbreak of World War one he worked as a private tutor teaching English. In October 1915 he enlisted in the artists rifles where he trained for seven months. In January 1917 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant with the Manchester regiment. Owen began the war as a optimistic and cheerful man, but soon changed after many traumatic experiences. Owen was diagnosed with shellshock, it was when recovering in Craiglockhart hospital, Owen met Siegfried Sassoon. ...read more.

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Owen likes to involve the reader into his poems, he does this by the use of word "you." As Owens views are against patriotism and the glory of battle he involves the reader to show just how bad and horrific the war was, and to experience the pain and death surrounding you like a shell. "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen also involves the reader and attaches the reader emotionally to the soldier. The first stanza begins with, "he sat in a wheel chair waiting for dark, and shivered in his ghastly suit o f grey." This quotation shows a soldier who is disabled but also by the phrase, "waiting for dark" shows the loneliness of the man and can be seen as he is being forced to stay in his lonely state. The poem fluctuates between present and past and it is clearly seen in the poem the man's present life is dull and depressing, this can be seen with the line "voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn, voices of play and pleasure after day." The voices remind him of his lost youth and how the world carries on oblivious to his condition. In the second stanza, Owen goes into the man's past and expresses the liveliness of his old life. The line "now he will never feel again how slim girls' waists are," shows he has lost the ability to be a normal man and is tormented by girls' affection. This can be seen clearer in the line " touch him like some queer disease," this shows the feeling of rejection and torment and how they are now repulsed by him. ...read more.

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"Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!" This use of monosyllabic words quickens up the poem and the usage of the exclamation marks higher the intensity. The poem opens with "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge." The heavy use of commas in the opening paints a picture of organised group of soldiers marching back from the front line. The rhyming scheme emphasises the sense of marching by using words such as, "sludge, trudge," "boots, hoots," and "blind, behind." Also the rhyming scheme alternates in groups four. The poem "Disabled," has a very unique structure as it includes some of your senses, touch, sound, sight and smell."Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn." The use of your senses helps the readers paint a clearer picture of how the man feels and is treated. Also as the poem changes between ten tenses the rhyming scheme is disguised. Rupert Brooke's poem "The Soldier" is a measured sonnet which has a break of eight and six. The use of the sonnet gives the poem its calm, controlled, measured and reassuring feel. Brooke use of heavy enjambment disguises the rhyming scheme which can be seen as there is no rhythm to the poem. However as the poem is a sonnet it clearly gets Brooke patriotic views across. In conclusion I found the total contrast between the poets very interesting and can clearly understand the message the poems give. I find Wilfred Owens poems more engaging tho because of the true realistic tales he tells. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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