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  1. Wilfred Owen and Jesse Pope (Dulce Et Decorum Est VS Who's For the Game?)

    However, there were a handful of people who begged to differ. Wilfred Owen was one of them. Owen was a poet and a soldier who fought in the First World War. He is considered as an exceptional monument in the history of war poetry due to his ability to lay out the realities of war through his poems. One of his most famous poems is Dulce Et Decorum Est which was initially addressed to Pope and her poem Who's For the Game?. Owen was a soldier who had faced the tragedies of war, while Pope was a mere hypocrite who remained in England and wrote about something she had no experience of.

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  2. Comparing Poets' Attitudes to Conflict in Mametz Wood by Owen Sheers and Futility by Wilfred Owen.

    The switch of addressees, from those around him to himself already indicates that two levels that will be dealt with throughout the whole poem, the factual language of the imperative verb ?Move? refers to the rational side, while the emotional language use in the two stanzas represents the emotional side which takes over immediately after the cesura break. The pace and rhythm of ?Futility? is slow and reflective, with commas and other punctual devices such as the cesuras at the sentence at the beginning of each stanza, used regularly to make the reader read the poem slower, adding a grieving feel to the poem.

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  3. Three poems that encapsulate the different attitudes of conflict are Jessie Popes Whos for the game? Recruiting by Ewart Alan Mackintosh and Suicide in the trenches by Siegfried Sassoon

    ?Who?s for the game? is typical of her style. In this poem she uses an extended metaphor to compare war to a ?game?, she makes war sound appealing, convincing young men that it will be fun, like a game. Words such as ?grip? and ?tackle? enable the reader to imagine a rugby game. The poem plays heavily on young men?s guilt. Her rhetorical questions such as ?And who thinks he?d rather sit tight?? and ?And who wants a seat in the stand?? scorns at cowardliness, manipulating the reader to feel pressured that it is his ?duty? to fight for his country.

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  4. War Poetry- Bruce Dawe's Homecoming and Weapons Training

    It is slow moving through the use of commas and lack of physical action. There is a wide range of language techniques that allow us to explore interesting ideas. Dehumanization is shown through the repetition of ?theyre? and later, by referring to the soldiers by their curly heads, kinky hairs, crew cuts and noncom haircuts. This shows the lack of identity they possess. Further demonstrating the idea of dehumanization is imagery as referring to how the soldiers were piled, zipped up in green plastic bags like rubbish, and tagged. Their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the pacific combines juxtaposition of death shadowing natures beauty, as the soldiers are dead and a long way from home.

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  5. analysis of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est".

    At the beginning of the poem Wilfred Owen writes ?Bent double, like old beggars under sacks? witch reflects the movement of the soldiers, like there dragging themselves and forcing themselves to moves because they are so tired and exhausted. Referring to the word ?like? used in that verse is a Simile, expressing how tired and fed up the soldiers are. ?Knock- kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge? explains how the soldiers were in horrid pain as they dragged there painful b****y feet through the thick mud whilst coughing sharply from the smoke.

    • Word count: 1314
  6. Comparing the two poems Refugee Blues by W H Auden and Disabled by Wilfred Owen

    We can see obviously as a refugee the couple has lost their home, their country and their identity. The poem starts with a narrator who is later revealed to be a German Jew describing a large city which is home to ten million people some of which are well off and live in luxurious large houses while others make do in slums. The narrator tells the person with him presumably a woman, that there is no place for them there. He remembers that they once had a country long ago but now there own country Is so distant to them that to see it they have to browse through an atlas and he knows they can?t go there either.

    • Word count: 1626
  7. Analyse war poets and their poetry. Wilfred Owen, Bob Dylan and Jon Shumann.

    In the poem Dulce et ecorum Est. Wilfred portrays the war in horrible imagery and his disapproval and therefore criticism of war is shown through the the horrific imagery of what it is really like to be fighting overseas. In describing the conditions in where the soldiers struggled ?gutterin g???Wilfred critics war through the irony of the poem showing that it is not honourable to die for ones country. The image of war gets into Owen?s thoughts ands dreams forcing him to remember the horror.

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