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    Wilfred Owen Poetry Comparison.

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    The pace then quickens during the final stanza (a rhythm achieved by the use of lines with fewer syllables and run-on endings), so that it contrasts with Owen's poignant conclusion given in the last four lines, drawing our attention to this particular point, the whole meaning of the poem as far as the poet is concerned. "If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Bitter as the cud." In contrast, the second of Owen's poems, 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', can be easily distinguished from many of his other works, as it is, infact, a sonnet.

    • Word count: 2153
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    Comparing "The Sentry" and "Dulce et Decorum Est".

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    Owen uses similar techniques in Dulce et Decorum est when the man is choking from the poison gas, "the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs" which again conjures up grotesque images in the readers mind. By using these techniques Owen is showing how war is not glamorous and there is no real glory in war, just death and destruction. The first paragraph in both poems sets the scene for what is about to come, "We'd found an old Boche dug-out".

    • Word count: 818
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    Write about the similarities and differences in style and content in Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' andWilfred Owen's 'Anthem For Doomed Youth'

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    y By Anthem For Doomed Youth- Wilfred Owen What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? - Only the monstruous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, - The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires. What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

    • Word count: 2106
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    A comparison of poems by Wilfred Owen: 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'.

    How can it be sweet and fitting to die for your country if no one knows about your death? Similarly the line from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth': 'What passing bells for those who die as cattle?' raises the same question - Who cares about these men that die deaths like cattle that are just bred for their slaughter? This particular quote was changed from Owen's original draft of this poem, "What passing bells for these who die so fast?" to What passing-bells for you who die in herds?"

    • Word count: 1272
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    Compare 'The Soldier' written by Rupert Brooke and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' written by Wilfred Owen.

    He was born and brought up with a certain kind of English lifestyle and culture. He then goes on to describe the flowers and winding paths making us think of England as idyllic and peaceful. He uses personification in the first line of the quote. It compares England to a woman giving birth to a child and bringing it up. In the second stanza Brooke describes England as a country of no evil and that he will remember it forever, he'll always have happy memories from the past when he lived in England.

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    Making Close Reference to Language, Imagery and Verse Form, Consider the Ways in which the Horror of War is Presented in Exposure.

    Here the use of 'our' in the first line of the poem creates a sense of empathy for the soldiers and Owen. As well as this, the personification of the winds creates the image that the soldiers are being attacked at all sides, by different enemies. This adds to the horrors of war by implying there is no escape for the helpless soldiers. Throughout the majority of the poem, the darkness is described as metaphysical: "The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow" By stating that the darkness has forces outside of this world, the reader gains an impression the it is evil, and creates a growing sense of fear inside the soldiers, adding to their horrors in the battlefield.

    • Word count: 790
  7. Peer reviewed

    How does Wilfred Owen portray the horrors of war through his use of language in Dulce et Decorum Est?

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    Unexpected and contrasting descriptions of the soldiers such as referring to them as "bent double, like old beggars under sacks", and associating them with animals by referring to them as "blood shod", also changes the reader's perception of what conditions were like during the war. In relation to their harsh portrayal, Owen uses similes such as "coughing like hags" to help produce a pitiful sense of anguish for the soldiers, as well as, for emphasis on their weariness, and both mental and physical strain, verbs such as "trudge", "limped" and "bent".

    • Word count: 798
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    With specific focus on Wilfred Owen's Futility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum est, and Mental Cases evaluate the methods the poet uses to bring across his convictions, feelings and ideas.

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    Owen insists these soldiers are not to blame, for 'we' dealt them this "tormented" fate. Anthem is a similar reversal, where Owen utilizes heavenly elements, "orisons". Yet, these spiritual references are used negatively: the only true regret is the "holy glimmers of goodbyes" in the dying soldiers' eyes. The gloriousness of Heaven and God is ignored, extending the distressing impact of the poem on the reader, as similar devilish imagery is used in other poems, such as the gas victim's "devil sick of sun" face in Dulce.

    • Word count: 1999
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    An analysis of the poetry of Wilfred Owen with specific reference to language used.

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    Owen was send to Craiglockhart Hospital, in Edinburgh, and met Siegfried Sassoon, another war poet. In August 1918 Owen was declared fit and returned to the Western front. He fought at Beaurevoir-Fonsomme, where he was awarded the Military Cross. Wilfred Owen died on 4th November 1918, killed by machine gun fire leading his men across the Sambre Canal, just a week before the Armistice was signed. The poetry Owen wrote reveals his feelings towards the ordinary soldier during wartime. Wilfred Owen's poetry conveys a graphic and more truthful tale of war than the propaganda of the time. Owen made people understand how bad it actually was by using extremely powerful images of the worst bits.

    • Word count: 1312
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    Discuss how Owen portrays the horrors of war in Dulce et Deocrum Est

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    This simile suggests that the gas is so corrosive and poisonous that it would burn your skin. And if it was inhaled it would fill the lungs with fluid and had the same effects as when a person drowned. This simile is effective in portraying the horrors of war and startles the reader. The second technique which is used by Owen to portray the horrors of war is the effective usage of alliteration. This is apparent when he describes the eyes of a soldier to be twisting in pain in the line "And watch the white eyes writhing in his face" as a result of not putting his gas mask on in time of the gas attack.

    • Word count: 911
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    Analysis of Anthem for doomed Youth

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    However, the anthem is for 'Doomed Youth' which describes something negative. The poet shows his anger and bitterness in the first part of the poem. In the second part of the poem he expresses his sadness at the pathetic condition of the soldiers. The poem is a sonnet. The first stanza is mainly about the battlefield, whereas the second stanza is more about the reactions of friends and family back at home. The poem starts with a rhetorical question and is very intense from the starting. In order to express his ideas, Owen mixes the sad, calm images of a funeral with the chaotic, explosive images of a battlefield.

    • Word count: 753
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    Dulce et Decorum Est

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    The first stanza sets the scene and shows us the urgency of the situation. The poet does this by giving a vivid description of life on the front line. Wilfred Owen uses a variety of literary techniques to give us an image of what the horrors of war are really like. The use of similes and metaphors help to create that true gruesome picture of war. For example the use of the simile "coughing like hags" suggests, in the word "hags" there is evil around them and that war itself is evil.

    • Word count: 615
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    Doomed Youth

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    Throughout Owen skilfully evokes a sinister atmosphere by using various literary techniques to suggest the cold, ominous and sinister atmosphere of a funeral. In the first line of this sonnet Owen refers to the dead soldiers as "those who die as cattle", this simile introduces the idea of death and compares the deaths to those of cattle to suggest for the first time his theme that death in such circumstance is not glorious, but futile. He then further develops the sinister atmosphere by introducing the thought of a funeral, by using the word "bells" in the first line, this is then developed by mentioning "orisons", which are prayers at a funeral, in the forth line.

    • Word count: 736
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    How does Wilfred Owen use language and structure to explain the physical and mental effects of war on soldiers in 'Mental Cases', and 'Disabled'?

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    In addition to using different sentence structure in this poem, different language has also been used. For instance, the line "Why sit they here in twilight?" is linked to "Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows". They both mean that the soldiers are existing between heaven and hell. They are not living, but are teetering on the brink of death, being surrounding by a grey existence. I believe this part of the poem also makes the reader feel some what responsible for the soldiers, as the reader is being asked questions, but they are unable to answer them.

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    Anthem for Doomed Youth

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    The images are the most important technique in which Wilfred Owen puts his message across. For example in the first line we are told about "passing-bells." Bells are tolled for the dead. The word 'passing' has various meanings, for example a bell that 'passes-by' on the way to the funeral. Passing can also refer to dying or passing-away. Owen uses words to enrich the meaning of his lines, supplying multiple ideas to a word. Another image in the first line is 'cattle' which is directed towards the soldiers who are slaughtered as if they were worthless cattle.

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  16. Peer reviewed

    Dulce et Decorum est - Appreciation Essay

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    This, however, was not the case for many of the soldiers. This poem could have been written about many battles, but more probably about 1916, when gas attacks were first tried and tested against the English. I think that this poem is about the Battle of Marne. In the first section of the poem, Wilfred Owen describes the soldiers at the front line as "Old beggars". He is telling us that these men are so tired that they do not know what they are doing.

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  17. Peer reviewed

    Describe an important theme and why it was important in 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen.

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    This is important as Owen vividly expressed the opposite idea. In the first line, "Bent doubled like old beggars under sacks", gives you a snap shot of what is not expected of a soldier, while comparing them to "old beggars", uncomfortable and undesirable. Then Owen goes onto describe the flares as haunting to the soldiers. This suggests that they are sick of war and despise the constant reminders of it. The rhyming pattern of AB, AB, CD, CD reflects the organisation and the vigorous marching of the soldiers.

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    Explain how the poems reflect the changing attitudes to war. Comment on content, language and poets' purpose.

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    His main subject was to tell the people how heroic the soldiers were going to war. He wrote the poem as if he was a soldier himself. "If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field". This line is saying that if he dies at least he died for England. Also in the poem he expresses idealism through irony. His ironic lines such as "And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness". This really didn't happen in the war but helped families of the soldiers feel better. He also writes a lot about England.

    • Word count: 939
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    Summarise and explain the key elements of Futility by Wilfred Owen

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    Owen uses the sun as a metaphorical framework on which to hang his thoughts. The sun wakes us (lines 2 & 4), stimulates us to activity (3), holds the key of knowledge (7), gives life to the soil (8), gave life from the beginning, yet (13) in the end the "fatuous" sunbeams are powerless. "Move him into the sun". "Move" is an inexact word yet we feel the movement has to be gentle, just as the command has been quietly spoken.

    • Word count: 751
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    Analysis of "Futility" by Wilfred Owen

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    The title is 'Futility' which means something is pointless, this is so called because he talks about how war and all the effort is meaningless as because the outcomes are always terrible. The structure of the poem is two stanza's both with 7 lines, but the same amount of lines as a sonnet. I think the two stanza's represent the different stages that come with grief; the first being the denial as he is hopeful the light will wake him, and the second showing the realisation, despair and then anger.

    • Word count: 485
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    Analysis or Owen's "Dulce et decorum est".

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    The government wanted, young, fit and red-blooded men to enlist, to fight and die for their country. Thousand's of patriotic men enlisted. Wilfred Owen described the conditions endured by the men in the first stanza in more of a physical manner, emphasizing the men's appearance, positions and actions. From reading this stanza, I can identify that the men were clearly pushed to their physical limits, for example, "drunk with fatigue" or "men marched asleep" both suggest how extremely exhausted they were. Special camps were used in the war; a phrase that suggests this is "and towards our distant rest began to trudge". As the men slowed down with physical and mental drainage, their distant rest seems prolonged.

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    Dulce Et Decorum Est. Wilfred Owen is addressing the poem to people back in England where he was born and to show the people who think war is great that it is dreadful and terrifying.

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    The poem I am talking about is called 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' which means it is sweet and proper. The poem is about what goes on during the war and how terrible and scary war is. The poem mainly talks about soldiers on the front-line and soldiers in the trenches. The poem mentions all the daily struggles soldiers went through and what war is truly like. The poem is called 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' because it means 'it is sweet and proper' and Wilfred Owen is telling the old lie. By 'it is sweet and proper' Wilfred Owen is saying that it is right to die for your country but Wilfred Owen is being sarcastic.

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    Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Soldier

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    under an English Heaven" this coupled with the fact that the poem is written as a sonnet reiterates the feel of Love. Both poems are based on death in Wars. However Brooke paints a more glamorised and less direct picture of death "if I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field...blest by suns of home." This evokes the idealistic image of a perfect England in a 'Golden' age, such as many believe existed immediately prior to the First World War.

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    Compare The Send-off and Dulce et Decorum Est

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    "The Send-off" is a poem in which the poet expresses his disgust at the lack of respect the soldiers were given. The poem rhymes in an A, C, D and B, E pattern and contains 6 verses; 2 containing 5 stanzas, 2 containing 3 stanzas and another 2 containing 2 more stanzas. The poem starts off with cheerful soldiers, singing their way to board "the train with faces so grimly gay". This oxymoron gives us an indication of how the soldiers were excited yet unhappy that there wasn't anybody to see them off.

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    Exposure, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum Est - An analysis of poetry by Wilfred Owen with specific reference to language use.

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    In March he was injured with concussion but returned to the front-line in April. In May he was caught in a shell explosion and was diagnosed with shell shock and was evacuated to Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. Owen's time at Craiglockhart and the early parts of 1918, was in many ways his most creative, and wrote many of his poems for which he is remembered today. He rejoined his regiment at Scarborough in June 1918 and returned to France in August.

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