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How do the poets you have studied explore the suffering of war through their choice of language?

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GCSE English: First World War Poetry 'How do the poets you have studied explore the suffering of war through their choice of language?' The poems that I will analyse are: 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Exposure', both written by Wilfred Owen. Dulce Et Decorum Est describes what it was like on the battlefield. Wilfred Owen had wrote this in conjunction of the poem, 'Who's for the Game', by Jessie Pope. Jessie Pope emphasised in her poem that war is a good, patriotic thing. Wilfred Owen begged to differ as he wrote what was really happening in the war, as he was a soldier himself. In 'Exposure', which is once again written by Wilfred, it is about what happens in the trenches and how it was really like during the First World War. In the Great War, soldiers suffered intense physical pain. In Dulce Et Decorum Est the poem describes the suffering of the soldiers in more detail, this is because Wilfred Owen was a soldier and he had the experience in the war. ...read more.


In the two poems by Wilfred Owen, there is evidence, which shows the soldiers mental suffering during the First World War. As a poet who was involved in the war his choice of language in 'Dulce Et Decorum Est', shows that the soldiers were not fit mentally and this led to many soldiers being killed in the World War One. "Men marched asleep" Dulce Et Decorum Est As you can see, the writer, Wilfred Owen had used a metaphor to convey his message that shows the soldiers were not mentally fit and they were dead in their hearts. The writer has used his experience to his advantage and put his message out. Although during the time he was writing his poems he did not intentionally do this for the public in Britain or the Generals at the battles, but he did this for himself. "Slowly our ghosts drag home: glimpsing the sunk fires," Exposure The writer has used another metaphor and this quote means that the soldiers think about their homes and how far away it really is. ...read more.


Wilfred Owen shows that the condition during the war was atrocious. Feelings of guilt, loss and anger increased the soldiers suffering this was because of the carelessness of the Generals battle plan. "He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in" Dulce Et Decorum Est The writer uses this language to convey an important message, which is that he felt guilty of letting him die even though he could not do anything to help. This also meant at the same time he was feeling angry as this type if situation could have been avoided if the generals were more careful. "The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow" Exposure This quote was taken from the third stanza and it is meant that the feeling of sadness is growing, and the hope of surviving was fading away. Also the two poems both convey a message, which sends out to the public in Britain saying that life in the trenches was not all about glory and pride, but instead it was about survival and memories. ...read more.

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