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    A comparison of poems by Wilfred Owen: 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'.

    How can it be sweet and fitting to die for your country if no one knows about your death? Similarly the line from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth': 'What passing bells for those who die as cattle?' raises the same question - Who cares about these men that die deaths like cattle that are just bred for their slaughter? This particular quote was changed from Owen's original draft of this poem, "What passing bells for these who die so fast?" to What passing-bells for you who die in herds?"

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    Compare 'The Soldier' written by Rupert Brooke and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' written by Wilfred Owen.

    He was born and brought up with a certain kind of English lifestyle and culture. He then goes on to describe the flowers and winding paths making us think of England as idyllic and peaceful. He uses personification in the first line of the quote. It compares England to a woman giving birth to a child and bringing it up. In the second stanza Brooke describes England as a country of no evil and that he will remember it forever, he'll always have happy memories from the past when he lived in England.

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  3. Peer reviewed

    With specific focus on Wilfred Owen's Futility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum est, and Mental Cases evaluate the methods the poet uses to bring across his convictions, feelings and ideas.

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    Owen insists these soldiers are not to blame, for 'we' dealt them this "tormented" fate. Anthem is a similar reversal, where Owen utilizes heavenly elements, "orisons". Yet, these spiritual references are used negatively: the only true regret is the "holy glimmers of goodbyes" in the dying soldiers' eyes. The gloriousness of Heaven and God is ignored, extending the distressing impact of the poem on the reader, as similar devilish imagery is used in other poems, such as the gas victim's "devil sick of sun" face in Dulce.

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    An analysis of the poetry of Wilfred Owen with specific reference to language used.

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    Owen was send to Craiglockhart Hospital, in Edinburgh, and met Siegfried Sassoon, another war poet. In August 1918 Owen was declared fit and returned to the Western front. He fought at Beaurevoir-Fonsomme, where he was awarded the Military Cross. Wilfred Owen died on 4th November 1918, killed by machine gun fire leading his men across the Sambre Canal, just a week before the Armistice was signed. The poetry Owen wrote reveals his feelings towards the ordinary soldier during wartime. Wilfred Owen's poetry conveys a graphic and more truthful tale of war than the propaganda of the time. Owen made people understand how bad it actually was by using extremely powerful images of the worst bits.

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    Dulce Et Decorum Est. Wilfred Owen is addressing the poem to people back in England where he was born and to show the people who think war is great that it is dreadful and terrifying.

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    The poem I am talking about is called 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' which means it is sweet and proper. The poem is about what goes on during the war and how terrible and scary war is. The poem mainly talks about soldiers on the front-line and soldiers in the trenches. The poem mentions all the daily struggles soldiers went through and what war is truly like. The poem is called 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' because it means 'it is sweet and proper' and Wilfred Owen is telling the old lie. By 'it is sweet and proper' Wilfred Owen is saying that it is right to die for your country but Wilfred Owen is being sarcastic.

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    Compare The Send-off and Dulce et Decorum Est

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    "The Send-off" is a poem in which the poet expresses his disgust at the lack of respect the soldiers were given. The poem rhymes in an A, C, D and B, E pattern and contains 6 verses; 2 containing 5 stanzas, 2 containing 3 stanzas and another 2 containing 2 more stanzas. The poem starts off with cheerful soldiers, singing their way to board "the train with faces so grimly gay". This oxymoron gives us an indication of how the soldiers were excited yet unhappy that there wasn't anybody to see them off.

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    Exposure, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum Est - An analysis of poetry by Wilfred Owen with specific reference to language use.

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    In March he was injured with concussion but returned to the front-line in April. In May he was caught in a shell explosion and was diagnosed with shell shock and was evacuated to Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. Owen's time at Craiglockhart and the early parts of 1918, was in many ways his most creative, and wrote many of his poems for which he is remembered today. He rejoined his regiment at Scarborough in June 1918 and returned to France in August.

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  8. Peer reviewed

    Discuss - 'Mental Cases', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'The Send-Off', by Wilfred Owen.

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    Their life isn't worth living as they have 'stroke on stroke of pain'. The poet uses repetition here. - 'stroke on stroke'. In other words, they live everyday with pain - either being injured or the hurt of seeing their fellow soldiers and friends die. Their eyes are described to be sunken into their skulls. This shows that all their fat and muscles have been eaten away and they practically bare the bones. Wilfred Owen says that surely they have died and gone to hell because their lives are so dreading. These soldiers remember their friends dying in front of them and the ghosts would haunt them forever.

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

    This indicates that person has lost his leg and forearm and now his life depends on other people. It is fascinating how the poet plays with the reader's emotions, making him feel responsible for the unenviable situation of the man, in just three lines. At the same verse, the poet uses contrast to make the created atmosphere even stronger by describing the happy life of boys playing outside. "Voices of play and pleasures after day" is very sad phrase, as the man is not able to do anything by himself, yet is forced to listen to voices of playing children until the night time comes and kids have to go home to their families, where they are safe.

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  10. Dulce et Decorum Est

    After hurriedly pulling on their gas masks, the speaker 'through the misty panes' sees one soldier somehow with no mask on, vulnerably stumbling towards him. He watches the man surrender to the gas as he hits the ground. The third stanza moves to the speakers dreams. In only one couplet, the speaker states that in all his dreams he sees the soldier plunging towards him. In the final stanza, Owen turns to the readers, and tells them that if they could've experienced the same dreams and watch the soldier die in the wagon in which they 'flung' him then they

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  11. The poems Dulce et Decroum Est and The Send-Off are written by Wilfred Owen. Both the poems mock the estabilished belief of nationalism and duty to your country. He wanted to end the glorification of war.

    He wanted to end the glorification of war. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' therefore mocks the estabilished authoritative language of Latin that was reserved for the courts and churches. The poem 'The Send Off' suggests that the outcome of war is grim for the vast majorities who if they return home, would be either dead or injured. 'Dulce et Decorum Est 'in contrast to the title suggests that war, patriotic duty and even death for one's country are not sweet and fitting. 'The Send Off' is a thought-provoking poem which describes the scene at a railway station.

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  12. Anthem for Doomed Youth

    The title basically summarizes what the poem is; a mixture of thoughts related to religion and death, irony, and cynicism. The poem doesn't slowly start to focus on the point he's making: there is an immediacy of war with the usage of present tense. Plus, it starts with a rhetorical question, which instantly involves the audience. With the rhetorical questions, he says that the dead soldiers, or 'cattle', die insignificantly completely dehumanized, for there are no 'passing-bells' for them. He is appalled by the inhumane deaths these young men experience.

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  13. The Sentry; By Wilfred Owen

    The word 'guttering' also helps make the metaphor effective as it emphasises the quantity and noise of the water. Alliteration is also used in the poem to emphasise the conditions of the trenches. "Choked the steps too thick with clay to climb", is a line where the repetition of the harsh c/k sound imitates the squelching of the soldiers boots in the mud, but also helps is see what it must have been like for them, as the sentence is not easy to say, which mirrors the fact it must have not been easy for them to move in the mud.

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  14. Dulce et Decorum Est

    This and the fact the first stanza is in first person causes the reader to feel as if he or she is experiencing war firsthand. Owen incorporates specific imagery to into the poem in order to introduce the reader to the chaotic world of war. Owen opens by saying that the soldiers are "bent double." This statement manages to effectively convey the exhaustion of the soldiers, who have become so disillusioned that they find themselves in a state of purgatorial numbness.

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  15. Poetry Courswork

    The rhyme schemes of "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" are the same, following the ABAB... pattern, however "Anthem For Doomed Youth" has a very different rhyme scheme, sometimes using ABAB... and sometimes using AABB... the times in which these rules are used are very random. "Dulce Et Decorum Est" was written by Owen to tell the world about what was really happening in the war. Most of the poem is made up of phrases describing the torment and pain that soldiers went through during this time.

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  16. how Wilfred Owen uses the season and nature to illustrate his feelings about war in the poems "Exposure" and "Spring Offensive."

    He was evacuated to England and on June 26th he arrived at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. Here he met Siegfried Sassoon another patient at the Hospital. Siegfried Sassoon was also a poet and he agreed to look over Wilfred's poems. This was a great boost for Wilfred and his interest in poetry. Wilfred then returned to war and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Amiens. Wilfred was killed on 4th November 1918 when attempting to lead his men across the Sambre canal at Ors. Before he died he realised that war is not a romantic thing but in fact is all pain and suffering.

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  17. "With specific focus on Wilfred Owens poems Futility, Anthem For Doomed Youth, Dulce et decorum est and Mental cases, evaluate

    I think that this poem is linked closely with Dulce et decorum est, as there is also mentions of wasted lives and the pointlessness of the war. The soldiers are looked upon as 'hags' and 'beggars'; this sheds bad light upon the war and the men involved. It also shows how the view of the war back home is not always perceived in the correct way. I think the way Owen describes them in 'An ecstasy of fumbling' really shows how tired they are, and how unorganised they have been, as if they have not been taught these things and have just been shoved into the front line in war.

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  18. What pictures of war to Wilfred Owen's Poems Create?

    In June 1917 he was transferred to a hospital called; Craiglockart, near Edinburgh. Here he met a poet named Siegfried Sassoon. As Wilfred had already started drafting poems, Sassoon helped Owen re-draft them to improve them immensely. More than a handful of poems were produced by the two. Wilfred's first work was published in 1918, just before he returned to the front line. In September, Owen was awarded the military cross. Wilfred later dies on an attack on the Oise-Sombre canal. I am going to analyse and show incite to his three most famous poems; Anthem for doomed youth, Dulce et decorum and disabled.

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  19. How are differing attitudes to war expressed in the poetry of WWI that you have read? You should compare 'England to her sons' with 'Dulce et Decorum Est'.

    'England to her sons' uses a lot of propaganda, for example, 'Free in service', when you are at war you are not free in service, you do what you are told and this is the same with any service, also this poem is telling us how to feel about war. In 'Dulce et Decorum Est' no propaganda is used because the poet is trying to portray the real image of war. Each poem has very different themes in 'England to her sons' one of the themes is propaganda but in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' there is a theme of the lies of propaganda, 'The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.'

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    The opening line 'What passing bells for these who die as cattle?' uses a simile to conjure up the image of a slaughterhouse. It creates the image of mass burials, as the 'cattle' are being slaughtered. It highlights the sacrifice that the soldiers gave. This opening line is a question to the reader in order to make them think more about the poem. The poem seems to give the reader a chance to step into a soldier's shoes in order to experience his feelings..

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  21. The use of the sonnets in 20th century poetry.

    It is well suited to this as the structure permits the poet to place gentle emphasis on the important parts of his message by the use of the repetition of sounds and patterns of rhyme. Whilst the rhymes give resonance to the sounds and emphasise the message, there is also a generally widespread use of alliteration to give further emphasis - e.g. in Robert Frost's uses 'spent sun' (line 1) and 'softly,safe' (line11). Wilfred Owen uses 'rapid rattle' (line 3)

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  22. War poetry review

    This poem by Asquith does promote the idea of fighting for your country as it tells us about a man who worked as a clerk and whose dream it was to die for his country and that dream eventually came true. It then goes on to say that this man is happy in death as he has done the great and honourable thing of dieing for his country, which is totally different to that of Dulce et Decorum Est where it promotes an entirely different idea, which is that it isn't a great thing to do, dieing for your country, however good some people make it sound.

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  23. A comparison of poems by Wilfred Owen, 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'.

    I know that by repeating a line at the beginning and the end it is most remembered. This line needs to be remembered as the poem is based on the idea of it as 'the old lie' mocking the established belief of nationalism and duty to your country. Also, it is mocking the established authoritative language of Latin that was reserved for the courts and churches. The line is sarcastic as Owen has now himself seen a gas attack and a man drown 'under a green sea', and has found out that dying out there in a far off land was a waste of a life and is completely pointless.

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  24. A comparison of 2 war poems "The send-Off" and "Ducle et decorum est".

    Death seems to be mentioned a lot in Wilfred Owen's poems for example the title of "Ducle et decorum est" in an English translation means It is sweet and fitting to die for ones country. Throughout the poem more pictures are painted of death and funerals e.g. "As under a green sea I saw him drowning." "He plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning" From the next quotes we can see that Wilfred Owen must have suffered from nightmares about the war and the trenches.

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  25. Compare Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, and Before Agincourt by William Shakespeare.

    This battle did actually happen, but Henry didn��t say these words, Shakespeare just put them in his mouth. Owen��s poem is concrete. It happened and was real. He knows what he��s talking about because he was there and went through it all. Shakespeare��s poem is airy. It��s abstract and doesn��t appear to mean anything. At a first glance its just men talking, but when you read it properly you see that it is far more than that. Henry believes so much in what he��s saying that he��s prepared to die for it.

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