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Compare the ways poets reveal feelings in Nothing(TM)s changed(TM) and What were they like?(TM)

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Compare how poets use language and imagery to portray war in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen and 'MCMXIV' by Philip Larkin. In the poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est,' Owen uses vivid imagery and language to create a graphic description of the gas attacks to emphasise and dramatize the effect of pathos to the reader. 'MCMXIV' by Larkin, portrays war by vivid imagery and strong use of language; Larkin retrospectively describes the preparation made as the people of England leave their homes to battle in the First World War. War is portrayed effectively in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' when Owen places realism amongst the poem; 'GAS! GAS! Quick, boys!' ...read more.

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a perception of the soldiers' emotions and once again presents - similarly to 'Dulce et Decorum Est,' - an authentically closer look into the lives of soldiers. Owen writes, 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks' conjuring an image of the soldiers being exhausted and the fact they are like 'old beggars' implies they are low in rank. 'Coughing like hags' suggests that these young men are prematurely aged by the spreading of disease, as the word 'hag' is used. This constructs a picture of the severity of the conditions they lived in. Whereas, in 'MCMXIV' an improved picture is made: 'With flowering grasses, and fields.' The description of the grasses being 'flowering' has connotations of buds and new beginnings, however this is a paradox because although the war may be starting; lives are ending. ...read more.

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The idea of innocence is once again applied in 'MCMXIV' where Owen writes, 'Never such innocence, Never before or since,' The poem suddenly takes on a gloomy outlook as the word 'Never' is repeated which makes a harsh, hard sound when read aloud. The fact there is 'never such innocence' evokes a loss of innocence as soldiers will be faced with many horrors to come. The poem ends with 'Never such innocence again,' which dramatizes the effect of 'never' at the start of the stanza. Both Owen and Larkin use language and imagery effectively to produce dramatic poems which consequently portray the life of war and the emotions that are felt. However, despite the two poets present their ideas and perspectives differently, there is still the ambience of death and sadness present. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Clarke 12RAH ...read more.

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