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Comparing and Contrasting the Works of Owen and Sassoon

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Comparing and Contrasting the works of Owen and Sassoon Wilfred Own and Siegfried Owen where victims of the war which did survive the war, but mentally they were experiencing a very emotional breakdown. Neither of the poets are anti-war per se, but they do portray a negative attitude towards their involvement in war. They share mutual feelings towards their hardships, and each use their own perspective, style and method of illustrating the grotesque brutality of the battlefield for the British people who stayed at home. The language used in poetry is very important as the message is sent through it depending on who the poet intended the audience to be. Owen uses a more complex choice of words, with many personification, similes and metaphors throughout his work. "Monstrous anger of the guns" and "The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells" are both from Anthem of a Doomed Youth, and it displays how his selections of words are having a strong negative connotation as the audience reads it. ...read more.


Sassoon uses a more stable way of writing his poems, as he describes the specific event or situation in chronological order. He makes sure the audience can clearly see the different stages, as if they were to experience it, which is effective as he takes you through the whole procedure. However, Owen has a more abrupt style. He shifts back and forth from memories during the war, to before the war, to after the war. There is no set approach. In Disabled, it is seen throughout the poem that Owen shifts from different time periods over and over again, and it is intended to create a more effective image when contrasting his joyous life before war and the misery he had to go through during and after the war. In addition, his experience of the chaotic battlefield is reflected through the vigorous shifts. Both poets have written poems from a different angle. ...read more.


To Owen, going to war meant being honorable for dying for your own country as "Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori" describes, but as he experiences life after the war, he finds out that his youth and liveliness is forever demolished, costing him the rest of his whole isolated and solitary life. In conclusion, Owen and Sassoon explored the idea of war extremely differently throughout their works in regards to their attitudes, approach, and style. That portrays their opinions and feelings towards the First World War. Owen leaned towards the anger of reactions of people towards him after the war, whilst Sassoon leaned towards the anger of how war is portrayed differently than what it actually is. Whichever angle and perspectives both poets experienced through their journey of being at war, they both resulted in ending up at the same place, Craiglockhart mental hospital. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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