• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In this essay Im going to compare the language, of the poems Dulce es Decorum Est and The Send Off

Extracts from this document...


In this essay I?m going to compare the language, of the poem ?Dulce es Decorum Est? and ?The Send Off?. Even if both poems are war poems and both are written by the same author (Wilfred Owens) the two poems both have similarities and differences. ?The send off? tells of a group of soldiers who are being sent off to the Front. No one knows, or really cares about them and the poet is sure that most of them will be killed or, if they do return, they will have been changed forever by their experiences. When they return, there are so few of them that they creep back ? almost ashamed ? rather than come back to cheers, as they should. The soldiers try to put a brave face on what is happening. While ?Dulce and Decorum Est? tell us about soldiers in WW1 returning from the Front when gas shells drop behind them. One of the soldiers doesn?t get his gas mask on in time and suffers a horrific death as the poisonous fumes burn his lungs. Wilfred Owen recounts an actual experience, which includes the fact that the soldiers were exhausted and had to throw the soldier onto a wagon to try to get him back to the rest area. ?The send off? and ?Dulce ET Decorum Est? both rhyme, the rhyme scheme of the send off is ABAABCDCCB? ? Way, shed, gay, spray, dead??while ...read more.


?He plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning? Even pictures of death are also painted in the poem ?The send-off? ?A few, a few too few for drums and yells, may creep back silent to village wells? ?A few, a few too few for drums and yells? implements that too few men have returned, this means that lots of soldiers have been killed in the war, to the contrary of the description of the death of Owens? companion in ?Dulce and Decorum Est ? (he plunges at me guttering?) this description of death is much less direct, in fact there is no direct description of the men?s death in war, to the contrary of ?Dulce and Decorum Est?. ENDING- MESSAGE- title The ending of ?Dulce et Decorum Est? is sad but contains a warning, to all the people: it states that to die for your country is nothing glorious, it is preposterous, there is nothing glorious and victorious to die for your country. Death is neither sweet nor right; there is no honor to die for your country without a reason. However this message is repeated in several occasions in the poesy, even at the beginning, in fact the title of the poem is ?DULCE ET DECORUM EST?. Owens lets this poem finish with a message so he?s sure that people understand that ?pro patria mori? (to die for their country) ...read more.


In Dulce and Decorum EST Owen tells the story in the first half of the poem, then gives his own reaction. In the 3rd verse he talks directly to the reader and to the people who have sent the soldier to this horrific death ?You/ my friend? Furthermore Owen regards the soldiers as victims, calls them ?children? and ?innocent? because they have been taken in by lies. This makes the poem more effective and more specific. The readers know that Owen is addressing to them. While from the start of ?The Send Off? a feeling that something is being hidden ?darkening? The vocabulary Owen gives a feeling of secrecy, e.g., ?siding/ hushed up/ nodded/ winked/ secrecy? as if society has a conspiracy to send the soldiers to do their work for them and the fact that no one cares is shown by words like ?casual? and ?dull? Tension builds to the last strophe when the men either do not return or are completely changed by their experiences There are vivid images of flowers to send them on their way, remind us of funeral wreaths and Owen uses personification: the lamps and signals seem to be in on the conspiracy to allow the soldiers to go to their deaths. (?And a lamp Winked to the guard.?) Owen uses personification raise the curiosity of the reader so he finishes the poem, fully understanding the situation around him/her. I conclude that both poems of Wilfred Owen have similarities and differences. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Wilfred Owen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Wilfred Owen essays

  1. Compare and contrast the presentation of war in Wilfred Owen's Dulce et decorum est ...

    the propagandists from deceiving young ignorant people to go to war by telling the youths that war was romantic, to inform people about the reality of war and how meaningless war was. Owen presented his poem in such away that it described and informed people the conditions the soldiers had

  2. With specific focus on Wilfred Owens poems Futility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et ...

    certainly conveyed through techniques such as alliteration which act to provide emphasis. "Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle." Analogies also included give similar effect about the true horror of the war similar to that of similes and metaphors. "Drawing-down of blinds."

  1. Wilfred Owens World War poetry Dulce et Decurum est and Mental Cases

    The main aim therefore of this poster is to make Britons who have not already signed up sign up because of that sense of duty, earlier discussed. So, for the government to entice men into volunteering to sign up, they printed a number of poems in national newspapers, written by

  2. Wilfred Owen - "The old Lie"

    in that line he is talking about his own ashes being the dust with not an ounce of regret, this shows he is perfectly happy to die for his country and he also feels that because his ashes are from England this is a richer material than foreign Earth as

  1. What pictures of war to Wilfred Owen's Poems Create?

    The first line is the question; 'What passing bells for these who die as cattle?' This is comparing the soldiers to cattle and stating that in the battlefield the soldiers die in such great masses that they can be easily compared to cattle who get murdered in slaughtered houses.

  2. The send off / Ducle et Decorum est - Compare these two poems ...

    'Bent doubles like old beggars under sacks' it is sad what war does to soldiers you don't associate soldiers like old beggars. Also in the send off 'Down the close, darkening lanes they sang their way to the siding shed, and lined the train with faces grimly gay'.

  1. Comparing Wilfred Owen's The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est

    Furthermore, the quotation could not only be referring to the blind sentry but also acting as a symbol. The notion of ?lights going out? indicates and death and could possibly be foreshadowing the effects and consequence of the war and reflecting the hopelessness they endured.

  2. Choose 3 poems by Wilfred Owen that look at different aspects of war. Compare ...

    However Owen?s poem deals with harsh realism and argues that there is not much to celebrate. Similarly Owen uses irony in the title ?Dulce et Decorum est?, this is a reference to one of Horace?s odes meaning ?it is sweet and fitting to die for your country?, a concept which Owen is strongly denying.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work