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The poems Dulce et Decroum Est and The Send-Off are written by Wilfred Owen. Both the poems mock the estabilished belief of nationalism and duty to your country. He wanted to end the glorification of war.

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Introduction

Comparison of poems: Dulce et Decorum Est and The Send-Off. The poems Dulce et Decroum Est and The Send-Off are written by Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th of March 1893 in the United Kingdom. He is probably, one of the most important Enlgish War Poets. The popularity of Owen today can be explained by his condemnation of the horrors of war. As an English poet, he is noted for his anger at the cruelty and waste of war and his pity for its victims. Being a soldier, he got killed in action on November 4th, 1918 in France, seven days before the end of the First World War. The title 'Dulce et Decorum Est ' is in Latin, while the title 'The Send Off" is written in standard English form. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' means 'It is sweet and fitting to die for one's own country.' In the poem 'The Send Off" Wilfred is trying to put forward the idea that when you are sent off, you never come back. Both the poems mock the estabilished belief of nationalism and duty to your country. He wanted to end the glorification of war. ...read more.

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Whereas 'Dulce et Decorum Est' describes the war front with the whole atmosphere green in color because of the mustard-gas attack, 'The misty panes and thick green light'. In the poem' The Send Off' Wilfred Owen portrays the feelings of the troops, whereas in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' describes the soldiers especially a particular soldier who is a victim of the mustard-gas attack. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' uses similes to describe the physical condition of the soldiers. They are compared to beggars and hags. The soldier who is a victim of the mustard gas attack is compared to 'a man on fire or lime'. His hanging face, 'like a devil sick of sin'. The poem 'The Send Off' also gives examples of similes. The soldiers' departure is secret, 'like wrongs hushed up', because the true nature of what is happening to them is being concealed. In the poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est', Wilfred Owen gives an account of his own feelings towards the fate of the dying soldiers. The atmosphere, especially the non-living things are given little notice. 'The Send Off' on the other hand describes the feelings of the people, women, porters, and tramp as well as of non-living things like signals and lamps. The 'casual tramp' is described to be moved to pity. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is fast and breaks the slow rhythm of the first stanza, just as the mustard gas breaks up the men's marching. The third stanza is a powerful and haunting one. The poem The Send Off keeps up the same slow pace all through out the poem. Graphic imagery is also effectively employed in the poem .They evoke such emotions so as to cause people to become sick as in line 22: 'Come gargling from the forth corrupted lungs.' In the beginning of the poem the troops are portrayed as 'drunk with fatigue.' With this graphic image the reader can imagine large numbers of people dragging their books through the mud, tripping over their own shadow. Later, when the gas shell is dropped, it paints a psychological image that would disturb the mind. The poem 'The Send-Off' uses rhetorical questions 'shall they...train loads' to create an effect, whereas 'Dulce et Decorum Est' gives a direct address to the reader to create a rapport. The poem 'The Send-Off' is written in six stanzas while 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is written in four. In both the poems, number of lines in each stanza differs. The poem Send Off has a definite rhyme scheme, while in the poem Dulce the poet purposely rhymes some line endings to create an effect. (Last paragraph The poem you liked more and why?) ...read more.

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