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Comparing 'Fall in' and 'dulce et decorum est'
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Compare the poems 'Fall in' and 'Dulce et decorum est'
During WW1 war poetry changed dramatically. At the beginning of the war, in 1914, propaganda poems were a popular technique to encourage men to join the army to fight for England. Harold Begbie's 'Fall In' was a typical highly patriotic poem that persuaded men to enlist. However, poetry changed at around 1916, after the Battle of Somme, when thousands of men were killed. Soldiers like Wilfred Owen's wrote poems showing the real terrors they faced in war. Both poems are war poems and both poets use different language techniques to provoke the reader's feelings.
This essay will compare 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'Fall in' by looking at the language, structure used and the poets' attitude towards war.
Begbie uses many techniques to make men want to enlist to fight for their freedom in 'Fall In'. This poem was published as a 'call to war' in newspapers and magazines. Highly patriotic poems are also known as jingoistic poems and were very popular at the beginning of the war, as they persuaded men to enlist. We see an example of a patriotic phrase in stanza
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