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Comparisons between Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce et Decorum est.

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The Comparisons between Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce et Decorum est. These two poems were written by Wilfred Owen who was a soldier during the First World War and so he knew from first hand experience the pain of war. From early youth he wrote poetry, much of it at first inspired by religion. He became increasingly disapproving of the role of the church in society, and sympathetic to the plight of the poor. In 1913, he went to France and taught English there until 1915. Owen made the difficult decision to enlist in the army and fight in World War I (1914-1918). He entered the war in January 1917 and fought as an officer in the Battle of the Somme but was hospitalised for shell shock that May. ...read more.


Anthem is a religious song and doomed means that you are not dead but are going to be soon and youth is the young of the country so the title actually means A song for the death of the young. He uses this title to show what he feels the war is doing to the youths of our country. Both poems are about war and what can happen in war and the tragedies that come with it. Dulce et Decorum est is about the death of a man caused by a gas attack. In the poem he uses words that made you believe that the soldiers were terrified by gas attacks. He uses such phrases as 'an ecstasy of fumbling' and 'floundering like a man in fire or lime'. ...read more.


Dulce et Decorum est is written in iambic feet. In Dulce et Decorum he uses a caesura this is to make you stop and think but in Anthem for doomed youth it flows. He uses a lot more things to the flow and language such as caesuras and exaggerations and general changes of pace in the way its meant to be read this is a lot different from the way that the Anthem for Doomed youth is meant to be read. In this poem Owen does not use many metaphors this could be because he was trying to get his point across to heighten the reality. Both poems draw horrific pictures in your head but apart from the subject which is war the poems are quite different. I have discussed style, language, rhythm and others and all differ from each poem. ?? ?? ?? ?? George Perry 10Hs ...read more.

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