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Comparing "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Five Ways to Kill a Man" and the way they treat man's inhumanity to man.

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Comparing "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Five Ways to Kill a Man" and the way they treat man's inhumanity to man. The poems "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Five Ways to Kill a Man" written by Wilfred Owen and Edwin Brock respectively are similar in many ways but very different in others. Just by reading them once we can see they both have a very similar theme, that war is just ridiculous; there is nothing glorious or good about killing people. Poetic devices are often used to help create certain feelings, and these two poems certainly reflect how these devices can be used to help the author express his ideas. These two poems were written at different times and there is a gap of about 40 years between them, this difference shows quite clearly mostly in the structure of the poems and the way they are written. "Five Ways to Kill a Man" is a very modern poem, It's structure is not regular, although there are usually 7 lines in a stanza, we can not find such thing as iambic pentameter. ...read more.


Poetic devices in both poems are used for the same purpose, to make clearer a feeling, a picture or idea. In modern times poets are more or less free to do what they want, in "Five Ways to Kill a Man" the author uses the format of the poem to help him with the message, he uses enjamberment to keep the impersonal effect of the poem, as if he is giving out a set of instructions, the tone used is so sarcastic it's easy to picture the poem as a cooking recipe, and he describes each scene ironically making the reader realise how easy it actually is to kill a man and how ridiculous these wars have been. There aren't many other poetic devices; there is no rhyme, no similes, metaphors or use of imagery, although the poem is very descriptive and we can picture the images easily The lack of devices can almost be considered as a device itself as the poem seems to be much more disorganised and less planned, as the structure ...read more.


wars in history by the way he refers to them and also criticises our society now, he states that society now is more dangerous than it has ever been, and it would be the same to kill a man by any of the means he talks about, than to just leave him in the middle of the twentieth century. This in my opinion is true, We humans are turning more inhuman each time, we have less value for life, as weapons develop It's easier to kill, it becomes a less personal act, you no longer have to kill with your own bare hands, it's enough to press a button. It is in this century when the most people have died and when the most repulsive crimes in history have taken place. We should forget about the "rules" of society and just live our own lives as we please, or we will sooner or later end up being corrupted by it too. The world now is decaying faster each day, although it has always been rotten. ...read more.

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