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Compare Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, and Before Agincourt by William Shakespeare.

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Before Agincour and Dulce et decorum est I have chosen to compare two poems for this piece of work, and they are Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, and Before Agincourt by William Shakespeare. Both look at War as the main subject, but express very different views on it. Wilfred Owen has written a very powerful poem about a man dying from a gas attack during the First World War, whereas Shakespeare writes a rhetoric poem about the honour and pride found in battle. ��Dulce et decorum est��, and ��Before Agincourt�� are two poems so incredibly far away, in meaning, from each other, that it is very difficult to compare them. The one big difference is their attitude towards war. Wilfred Owen has actually been in a war. He saw what he wrote about. He was there, as the writing is his thoughts and feelings. Shakespeare wasn��t in the war he wrote about. He wrote about it after it happened, either as a way to boost morale in England at the time of the Spanish Armada for Queen Elizabeth, or because they were his own views on War. ...read more.

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Because of these feelings in changes and attitudes, I don��t think anyone now will be able to understand the full power of ��Before Agincourt��, as Shakespeare meant it. However, with such concerns as post-traumatic stress syndrome and awareness of pain, everyone can understand what Wilfred Owen meant only too well. The title of Wilfred Owen��s poem, which is ��Dulce et decorum est��, means It is sweet and fitting. This is baffling at first, because unless you read the whole poem, you won��t understand. What the poem actually goes on to say is ��Pro patria mori�� or to die for your country. ��Before Agincourt�� is saying that the poem (or speech) is actually happening before the battle of Agincourt. The mood of Wilfred Owen��s poem does change over the course of the writing. At first he is just writing about what is going on, describing what is happening, what he��s seeing and feeling. However after the gas bomb is dropped, this turns to despair. He repeats things, as if he still cannot quite believe what��s happening, he wants you to be able to. By the end, he is desperately angry, he still cannot believe what��s happening, but this time it is that people are being lied to so much. ...read more.

Conclusion

Neither poem uses much alliteration, but Wilfred Owen does use some when he says ��And watched the white eyes writhing in his face�� Shakespeare didn��t use any metaphors, but Owen did, when he wrote ��Men marched asleep�� and ��Drunk with fatigue�� Owen used enjambment when he wrote ��If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in�� Shakespeare didn��t use any onomatopoeia, but Owen did, by using words such as ��guttering��, ��hoots�� and ��gargling��. Shakespeare used no similes either, but Owen did, writing ��Bent double, like old beggars under sacks.�� In conclusion, I enjoyed Owen��s poem much more than I did Shakespeare��s. I felt that ��Before Agincourt�� was boring. I didn��t like the lack of tension, action and drama. I thought that it just went on and on around the same idea, that the language was flowery and too old fashioned for me. Although both poems were repetitive, when ��Dulce et decorum est�� repeated words, it really hammered the message home, but when ��Before Agincourt�� repeated the same idea, it just bored me. I felt that Owen��s poem less boring because it was fast paced. It really happened and the images it described were vivid and in your face. So, I would definitely recommend Owen��s poem to anyone, and I did really enjoy writing about it. ...read more.

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