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This essay is based on two poems which were written in the First World War. One poem was written by Rupert Brookes which is The Dead and the other was written by Wilfred Owenss which is Dulce ET Decorum Est.

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Essay on Poets The Dead and Dulce et Decorum Est Compare two First World War poems? This essay is based on two poems which were written in the First World War. One poem was written by Rupert Brookes which is 'The Dead' and the other was written by Wilfred Owens's which is 'Dulce ET Decorum Est'. This essay will include a descriptive comparison between these two poems I will also be looking at the language both poets use and the effects it has on the reader. Rupert Brooke wrote his poem at the start of the war, it was written as a piece of propaganda, basically trying to encourage young men to join up and fight as he claims it is honourable to die for your country. Whereas, Wilfred Owens's poem was written towards the end of the war. Owen had fought in the war himself, he was diagnosed as suffering from shell-shock, he then arrived at craiglockland hospital, it was here where he wrote 'Dulce ET Decorum Est' .Owen reveals in his poem how it is not honourable to risk your life and die for your country. ...read more.

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They gave their immortality and Brooke is saying giving up your life is not a big deal In comparison Owen says ''obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud of vile'' Here Owen says war is like cancer it spreads and kills slowly. Brooke champions the idea of the war cause for glory in his attempt to lure. ''blow out, you bugles over the rich dead!'' This statement sounds like a triumphant call to role similar to that of the pied piper of Hamlin leading young children away. The fact that the word 'Dead' is in capitals is significant because it suggest that if soldiers should die in the battle they will take on an almost holy quality. Owen on the other hand writes his poem in the light of battle experience and is keen to discourage young men or as he thinks of them, children from going into battle. Owen writes in his poem, ''knocked-kneed coughing like hags'' This powerful simile emphasises the fact that the war has aged the men prematurely and robbed them of their youth. ...read more.

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''The dead'' that was written by Rupert Brooke as the First World War began ,has exactly proved to the reader that they should die for their country, because he says that your blood will be precious and even though you might not live forever you will be remembered forever. Brooke uses many points to attract people to die for their country. However, the other poet Wilfred Owen who wrote the poem named ''Dulce ET Decorum Est'' who himself fought in the war wrote his poem toward the end of the war, in his poem he tells us sum facts about how the war is and that there's no point of dying for your country. One out of all the quotes in Owens poem that I believe will get the reader attention is the quote, in which he claims, ''his hanging face, like a devil sick of sin'' the reason I believe this, is because this quote makes people frightened about war as he is relating someone's face to a devil sick of sin, also in my opinion I think this quote is very powerful and makes Owens poem a coincidence. ...read more.

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