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In the poems Dulce ET Decorum EST and Before Agincourt how do the poets portray war? The poem before Agincourt is set in 1415: the Battle of Agincourt. It's written by the legendary Shakespeare and originates from the play Henry V. Dulce ET Decorum EST However is written by Wilfred Owen another successful war poet in 1917. Although Dulce ET Decorum Est is also set on the battlefield they both portray opposite views towards war, Before Agincourt Portrays war as a brave honourable act. However Dulce ET Decorum Est is the complete opposite, Wilfred Owen Gives an insight to the pain and suffering behind the frontline, the pain and suffering mainly due to the fact he wrote it while serving in the war. Wilfred Owen was a middle ranking officer who fought in the Battle of Agincourt and came from a middle class background. Most of his war poetry was written in response to other propaganda poems written at the time. Owen's use of religious imagery portrays his religious upbringing and reflects his father's job: a vicar. ...read more.

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to the people who are not prepared to risk their lives alongside him. However he lures them in with the vision of being glorified for their bravery on St Crispin's day and their name's never forgotten. "That He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart; his passport shall be made, and crowns put into his purse, we would not die in that man's company that fears his fellowship to die with us. "He that outlives this day and comes safe home will stand on tip-toe when this day is named and rouse him at the name of Crispin. He that shall live this day and see old age, will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours and say: Tomorrow is St Crispin then he will strip his sleeve and show his scars, and say these wounds I had on St Crispin's day". In this Quote Shakespeare speaks of the future. He paints a picture of a feast and the soldiers ripping back their sleeves and presenting their scars and saying "these Wounds I had on St Crispin's day. ...read more.

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"Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! - an ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time" Owen speaks of how they fumbled around clumsily fitting the gasmasks just in time. However not everyone managed it quickly enough: "Din, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning" "In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, he plunges at me, guttering, choking, and drowning" Owen describes himself as helpless, as if in a dream. He says how he lunged at him in a final plea for help. "White eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, Like a devil's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues." By this Owen implies an innocent young man went through all this pain and suffering in an attempt to gain some "glory". To ardent for some desperate glory, The old lie: "Dulce ET Decorum EST Pro patria mori." Which translates as: "It is sweet and meet (decorous) to die for one's country". 1,107 Words Hassan Mahmood 11W ...read more.

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