Compare Wilfred Owens "Dulce et decorum est" and Rupert Brooke's "Peace".

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John Leigh

Compare Wilfred Owens “Dulce et decorum est” and Rupert Brooke’s “Peace”

The two poems “peace” and “dulce et decorum est” are two poems about the First World War, but they show two different views of the war. Rupert brooks “peace” poem is highly patriotic and displays a positive feeling about the war, Wilfred Owens “dulce et decorum est” highlights a very different view, a view of disgust, a view of the true horrors of the war. the poem seems re-open some of Owens wounds, revives memories he has from the war, memories that will be with him forever. Brookes on the other hand, had no first hand experience of the war.

The title for both of the poems is highly ironic, “dulce et decorum est” means “it is sweet and honourable to die for your country”, the actual poem totally disagrees with that statement, it is not sweet and honourable to die for your country. The title of “Peace” for the Brooke’s poem is ironic due to the fact that it informs you the poem is about peace, it is in fact, about war.

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Dulce et decorum est is a poem about a company of men in the war. The men in the company do not have a human description, but seem to be describes as though they have aged in this war, “bent double, like old beggars…”. Everyone seems to be in a trance, there is no conversation, just a slow silent march, the men have all been de-humanised and now, they are nothing, their minds destroyed. But, when the gas attack occurs, they seem to spring back to life. Alas, one man can not get his mask on his face for some ...

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