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Dulce Et Decorum Est". "Anthem for doom youth". "Night Patrol" and "Survivors". Which of these poems are clearly anti-war?

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"Consider the four war poems. "Dulce Et Decorum Est". "Anthem for doom youth". "Night Patrol" and "Survivors". Which of these poems are clearly anti-war? How do the two poems written about the Second World War differ from the first world war poems in their purpose and message? NOTES Dulce Et Decorum Est is written by Wilfred Owen. Owen is very anti-war and believes no good can come from it. In Dulce Et Decorum Est his use of language and description conveys this anti-war theme which can be seen. Owen starts the poem, 'Bent Double like old beggars under sacks) This use of simile describing the men as, 'old beggars' because they are bent over due to the weight of the sacks helps bring the poem to life. On the second line Owen continues to use similes, 'Knock kneed, coughing like old hags. This use of comparison creates a vivid image in our minds. Owen describes the horrors of war and what the soldiers had to go through, 'Many had lost their boots, But limped on blood-shot,' and uses of metaphors 'Drunk with fatigue'. This use of language makes you feel as though you know the soldiers and you begin to feel sorrow for them. ...read more.

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In stanza 4 the poet addresses the reader. He expresses the wish that the reader could have been on the battlefield and watched the man dying and heard the ghastly sound of his breathing. This would of ensured that the reader would of found out how horrible and violent war is. It is a battle for survival and nobody can help the dying man. So his tired friends pick him up and toss him Q,",to the wagon so that they can get away from the gas as soon as possible. The agony of this death is clearly shown on the face of the dying man. Every time the wagon strikes a pothole or a stone, the bump forces blood to bubble from the disintegrating lungs. This entire scene of death is really evil, disgusting, repulsive, shocking and indecent. It leaves the onlooker with a shocked , horrified feeling . Wilfred Owens purpose with this poem is to paint a picture of the horror an pain experienced on the battlefield. By doing this he hopes to persuade people to be more realistic when they encourage young men to engage in battle. They should not speak of being a patriot, being loyal to one's country 1 but should also prepare them for the ghastly effects of war and the actual circumstances on the battlefield. ...read more.

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This is the point that Wilfred Owen tries to get across in the first stanza of Anthem for Doomed Youth, 'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns, only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle' the poem is very short and very to the point. It is not as descriptive as Dulce et Decorum Est but it still has the same sort of impact on you, only in a different way. I believe that war is an awful thing and that there is nothing in the world worse than war. I think that no one knows what war is actually like at all and it is a very horrific and horrible place to be. It is a very tragic thing to happen and many people that go to war never return. The army try and prepare young men for but the army only train the men to kill the person but nothing can prepare them for what they feel like afterwards and the mental anguish that a person that has been in the war has to go through. A man that has been in the war can never go back to being just an average person because they hav seen the most atrocious things ~nd it is extremely violent and nothing compares to it. ...read more.

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