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

Write about the similarities and differences in style and content in Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' andWilfred Owen's 'Anthem For Doomed Youth'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Describe How War Poetry Changed As WWI Progressed In The 20th Century Write about the similarities and differences in style and content in Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' and Wilfred Owen's 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' By Omar Omar Y9C If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be The Soldier- Rupert Brooke If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England's, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. y By Anthem For Doomed Youth- Wilfred Owen What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? ...read more.

Middle

While Brooke does indeed regret the demise of a soldier, he also tries to convince the reader that the soldiers on the front die happy deaths, buried in tranquil and serene settings ' In that rich earth a richer dust concealed'. Of course, we know now when studying history that this sort of burial rarely, if ever, happened. Owen describes how soldiers met their deaths, instead of prayers and blessings 'shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells'. Owen, unlike Brooke, chose to depict death as the final stage in life, or as the final stage in the cycle of rebirth and afterlife, for he shows little sense of the afterlife, treating it as a mere social custom made up of 'prayers and bell's. Brooke, on the other hand, glorifies the afterlife by depicting it as the most important stage in the whole cycle, by depicting his feelings in dreaming that soldiers would one day achieve peace for England. As for contrasts and similarities in style, it can be said that both pieces posses the same, melancholy and sombre style that is frequently used in poetry. Owen makes good use of rhetorical questions, for these add a sense of irony to the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

His images do not stir up harmonious feelings within the reader, rather, as they are intended to, they stir up the very opposite, 'The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells' Instantly, this line manages to make the reader really understand what it was like to die at war. Instead of the once taken-for-granted burial services, involving choirs and prayers, the only choir a soldier who is killed in action will hear is that of the very shells that killed him. Again, it is ironic that the thing that kills a soldier is the sound that guides him out of this world, and mourning the human it killed, in contrast with choruses mourning the dead person. Again, 'each slow dusk a drawing down of the blinds' is also an image. Although this particular line was explained earlier on, I can add that the sentence manages to act as a closing statement, appropriate for the end of the poem. For poems written from opposite an opposite angel of war, it can be said that both poems are extremely alike in style and devices. The main differences are to be found in the content. When Brooke was happy, Owen was said. When Brooke was truthful, Owen was cynical. And so forth. The opposite theme is found in every aspect of the two poems. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...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

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

The writer demonstrates genuine interest in the two poems and there is some insightful analysis. The poems are compared well throughout. However, there is not enough focus on the question (which itself is too vague) and as a result there is a lack of focus at times. A clear plan would lead to a more structured answer. More detailed analysis of technique would be an improvement, particularly structure (Both poets use the sonnet form for different effects).

Marked by teacher Lucy Foss/Snell 13/02/2012

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. Peer reviewed

    Analysis of Anthem for doomed Youth

    4 star(s)

    Instead, these soldiers who have died fighting for their country receive 'The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells and bugles'. 'Shrill' is a hard and strong word that creates the image that the 'funeral' was not a quiet and peaceful way of saying goodbye to the soldiers.

  2. How Wilfred Owen in the poem "Disabled" analyses the theme of war

    psychologically scarred as he will be shunned by women and that they will never see him again as being tall and handsome, "now he will never feel again how slim girls' waists are, or how warm their subtle hands". Now, he believed others looked down on him and "All of them touch him like some queer disease."

  1. How does Owen use language to explore the harsh realities of war in Exposure?

    In exposure however, there are no such intermissions. The intensity of the poem is maintained throughout and this is indeed a key way in which Owen explores the harsh realties of war. "Northward, incessantly, the flickering gunnery rumbles," again Owen's meaning here is clear. Firstly, the word "incessantly" underpins Owen's message in this line, it indicates the constant terror the soldiers felt.

  2. Anthem For Doomed Youth Essay

    In linking them to animals, Owen also implies that he feels the soldiers are stupid - another sign that perhaps he is trying to make a point as it would have been a rare opinion to think ill of your soldiers.

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

    "Snow, now, know" and "Tall, toil, all." This is effective in summing up his viewpoints and as a conclusion to express his feelings on how the war is a waste in terms of human life. Imagery along with metaphors is a key part of the effect and meaning of Owen's poems.

  2. Analysis of Wilfred Owen's "The Last Laugh".

    dominant and that there were so many soldiers that died that there is no need for them to be described. Not only are the weapons personified like humans but also the bullets are personified. Owen used personification by giving the bullets voices.

  1. An Analysis of "Exposure" by Wilfred Owen

    Death from weather conditions is preventable, and Owen is subtly accusing the army and government of abandoning these men. Another particularly effective technique Owen uses is personification. He particularly personifies the weather, giving the impression that even nature and God are against them.

  2. In his poems Wilfred Owen wanted to show the pity of war. Discuss how ...

    war, ?they sang their way?, shows a contrast to the war, happiness of the soldiers despite the fact that they are going to war, to die. He continues by comparing the white flowers with funerals, so it?s like the women are preparing for the soldiers? funerals, he writes it very clearly by writing ?as men?s are dead?.

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