Comparison of Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brookes Peace

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Ryan Stratbow

Comparison of “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke’s “Peace”

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.

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 unknown reason and runs through the “green sea” of gas, he was “drowning”. The drowning man then proceeds to throw himself at Owen “guttering, choking, drowning”.         

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         In the first stanza, owen is describing how the soldiers are feeling. He uses rhyme, for example "Sludge/Trudge" and "Boots/Hoots". Owen also uses a number of similes, for example "Coughing like hags" is a simile which is in the first stanza. I think by that Owen was trying to say that there were many ill soldiers, and they still had to go on. There is also a metaphor in this stanza, "Men marched asleep", this is a strong and effective phrase. Using that metaphor, Owen was basically tipping off just how tired they were, as if the soldiers could only ...

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