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Comparison between Break of day in the trenches and Dulce et Decorum est

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DULCE ET DECORUM EST BREAK OF DAY IN THE TRENCHES The poem Dulce et Decorum est is written by Wildred Owens. Wilfred Owen is one of the most famous war poets. He was born in 1893 and died in 1918, just one week from the end of World War One. His poetry is characterized by powerful descriptions of the conditions faced by soldiers in the trenches. World War One took place between 1914 and 1918 and is remembered particularly for trench warfare and the use of gas. Owing to the technological innovations in use during it, the war is often referred to as the first modern war. The other poem that is going to be analyzed is "Break of day in the Trenches" written by Isaac Rosenberg. Isaac Rosenberg was an English poet of the First World War who was considered to be one of the greatest of all English war poets. Both Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg have a strong association with World War One. Their poems are often violent and realistic, challenging earlier poetry which communicated a pro-war message. Wildred Owens showed his contempt at the pro war message as he called them a lie. Their first-hand experience of war is arguably one reason why there is such a shift in the attitude of poets towards war. ...read more.


The verbs are associated with a lack of air and death. He was "floundering" and "drowning" in the poisonous gas, he was like being burned alive thus using word "lime" which is a substance that burns live tissues. As for the other poem, Instead of a smashed companion to exhibit the ironic lesson, we have 'a queer sardonic rat' - Rosenberg seeming to name with these words the tone and posture of his own poem, as if all were but the dry song of the commuting rat. Here, Isaac Rosenberg is telling us about the situation of living in the trenches. The poet has the intention to learn us things about all this and tells us, the rats are the winners of everything. The rats are cosmopolitan sympathies, because they are all over the world. You can find rats everywhere, especially in times of war. They are real profit takers. They eat everything, even human beings. Rats aren't critical; they eat English man, but also German soldiers. A rat has always a specific grin on his face, like they are always laughing at you. Most soldiers are very strong "they have fine limbs and strong eyes". But nevertheless, the rats are the real winners of war. Death in people "so also their bowels" are spread all over the world. ...read more.


"Break of day in the trenches" saying that rats are more chanced for life then fine athlete, showing the chances of survival in a war and jealousy of a mere rat. Both poems relate the message by death, whether it is death of fellow soldiers or death of soldiers as a general, on the surface of earth. In the next paragraph, I will compare the general differences of how the two poems relate their message. In the poem "Dulce et Decorum est", Wildred relates the message in a dramatic and descriptive way. He uses a lot of imagery and specific vocabulary. He appeals to our emotions "in all my dreams" and senses of touch "ecstasy of fumbling", hearing "Gas ! Gas ! Quick, boys !' and sight "floundering like a man in fire or lime" "misty panes" ect. In the poem "Break of day in the trenches", the poet uses a wry diversion of sense and humor. He does not use much imagery and only an extended metaphor or cosmopolitan rats . Both poems talked about the same theme, the anti war theme. The poets demonstrated their themes very obviously. They held contempt for the war and described the goriness of war, dead soldiers "sprawl[ing] in the bowels of earth", men with "froth corrupted lungs" ect. In conclusion, both poem have their similarities and differences in terms of function and themes. Wang yiren 3eme 1 ...read more.

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