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English Coursework-Poems M.Hawkes In Asquith's, 'The Volunteer', he gives you the picture that fighting and dieing for your country is a great thing to do unlike that of Wilfred Owens', 'Dulce et Decorum Est', where he gives you the picture that fighting and dieing for your country is the worst thing anybody could do. In the first stanza of Asquith's, 'The Volunteer', Asquith is writing about a man who was previously a clerk who had a very mundane life, everything he did everyday was so boring and that he was fed up with 'Toiling at ledgers in a city grey.' Asquith uses metaphors in the first stanza for example 'Life's a tournament.' Asquith also mentions in the first stanza that this man's dream was to fight and die for his country, it was his 'raison d'etre', it was his biggest and main ambition. In the second stanza, Asquith writes about how those dreams of fighting and dieing for his country eventually came true 'And now those waiting dreams are satisfied.' The man fought and died for his country, the man eventually came to his peril in the Battle of Agincourt, where we ask the question is the man happy in death, and the man is happy in death, as his 'raison d'etre' has come true and he has died for his country in the Battle of Agincourt. ...read more.


He was a classic example of the type of person that told these young men, that they should fight for their country. Both these two poems, 'The Volunteer' and 'Henry V', promote the idea of dieing for your country is a great honour and that it should be every mans dream to die for their country, the poem that promotes a totally different outlook on dieing for your country is Wilfred Owens, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est.' This poem is about a young soldier, eighteen years of age. He has been fighting in World War One, in the trenches. He has just had a long and horrific day in the front line and is marching back from there, when they are caught in a gas attack. Wilfred Owen has to watch one of his friend's die of choking, as he couldn't get his gas mask on quick enough, which brings him to the conclusion that it isn't sweet and fitting to die for your country (Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori) If the writer is to be successful in getting the message across that war is so horrific, then he must use very strong and effective language. ...read more.


He describes his face 'like a devils sick of sin', describing him as a devil, which means that his face couldn't have been looking too good. As the roads in those days were cobbled, a wooden cart, would jolt all over the place, and he describes what happened to the body when this happened 'If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood, Come gargling from the froth- corrupted lungs.' He describes what he saw as being 'Obscene as cancer', cancer is the worst disease ever known to man, and he is comparing what he saw to that very disease. He then draws up the conclusion that you would be telling a lie if you told your children, that it was valiant to die for your country 'Dulce et decorum est, Pro patria mori.' This poem is getting across the message, how bad war is and that when these soldiers were told that it was the right thing to do, dieing for their country, the people that told them were lying and that it really isn't valiant to die for your country. The most effective poem in my view is the 'Dulce et decorum est' as this gets across the message that, fighting for your country is bad, it also gets across this message in a very vivid way. ...read more.

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