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Compare and Contrast the Poems: Dulce et Decorum Est and Refugee Blues

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Compare and Contrast the Poems: Dulce et Decorum Est and Refugee Blues Both poems, 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Refugee Blues;' are about related subjects. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is a soldier's account of an attack of gas shells and 'Refugee Blues' is about the feelings of a Jewish man in Germany during the Second World Was. Both these poems are linked to war. The main view in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is that war is neither glorius nor glorifying. Wilfred Owen writes, 'Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge.' This proves that was not 'one patriotic march'. The choice of portraying the marching soldiers coughing hags does not make soldiers seem strong and brave. It makes them seem sickly, feeble and old. ...read more.

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no place for us The man is telling his feelings on injustice, by explaining to his wife that they are a very small minority, enemy of a huge majority. Another quote which represents feelings of being part of a minority is: 'Dreamed I saw a building with a thousand floors... Not one of them was ours...' The poet is repeating his feeling of being part of a minority and because he repeated this view, it was easy to notice and shows the reader exactly what to understand. The poems both have attitude to clearly express their views. In 'Dulce et Decorum Est', the poet uses a morbid, pessimistic and grim attitude throughout the poem. He puts a piece of disturbing and effective imagery in a stanza alone. ...read more.

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This is another way of gaining the attention of the reader in 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. The writer describes his views of how war is wrongly understood by the people indirectly involved- the people at home. He then addresses the reader in a slightly threatening manner: My friend, you would not tell to children ardent for some desperate glory The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori This way of imposing his own views on the reader is very personal, it is not subtle or diplomatic, but it grabs the attention of the reader. In the poem 'Refugee Blues', the poet includes the reader by subtler means. He is talking to his wife throughout the whole poem and the reader is able to put himself into her position because she never talks. An example of this is, 'He was talking of you and me dear, he was talking of you and me'. ...read more.

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