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  1. With specific focus on Wilfred Owens poems Futility, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Dulce et Decorum est and Mental Cases, evaluate the methods Owen uses to bring across his convictions, feelings and ideas to you, the reader

    For example in Dulce et Decorum it compares the problems associated by using real weapons and live ammunition. "Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud" These metaphors and similes are used as an effective tool by Owen to convey the pain and emotional experiences soldiers on the front line were going through. These comparisons have a unique effect on reader's emotions by creating feelings of sympathy and horror. By comparing to cancer, Owen creates a simplistic analogy which generates fear in the reader through the painful and vile experiences associated with the disease.

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  2. Wilfred Owens World War poetry Dulce et Decurum est and Mental Cases

    Source one, captioned "Are you in this?" is a brilliant example of government propaganda. It was designed by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the scout movement, and was published in 1915. Baden-Powell had fought before in the Boer war but never before had been confronted by such deadly weapons. He had fought in a siege before but never before in this new type of total war. The poster depicts a number of men, women and children doing their part in the Great War on the home front.

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  3. Trace the history of 'the old lie with particular reference to the poetry of Wilfred Owen

    As the First World War developed, attitudes towards war altered. New military weapons, such as tanks, were invented during this time, which significantly changed the format of war. These new developments caused less close-combat, and more long-distance fighting, which led to war being portrayed as less courageous and more cowardly. This resulted in a deviation of people's attitudes towards war, which is reflected in Owen's poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. Owen's poetry fits into this change as it describes the horrific and shocking aspects of the war, unlike Brooke and Tennyson's positive poems.

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  4. Wilfred Owen - "The old Lie"

    The general public were not fully aware of the horrors that war held and poets of the time did not seem prepared to shed war in a negative light, perhaps war raised morale and patriotism in the country. When Brooke started writing at the beginning of the First World War attitudes were that war was seen as romantic and glorious and death on the battlefield was considered noble and dignified. As the war developed, these views changed in correspondence with the publications of Wilfred Owen's poetry.

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  5. Compare and contrast the presentation of war in Wilfred Owen's Dulce et decorum est and Anthem for doomed youth to Tennyson's The charge of the Light Brigade.

    The fourteen lines of Anthem for doomed youth are divided into two stanzas - the first an octet and the second a sestet. The charge of the Light Brigade has a total of thirty-three lines, which are split into six stanzas of six to eleven lines each. Lord Tennyson did this in order to build a narrative structure, which tells of stages of the charge. There is no definite rhyming pattern in The charge of the Light Brigade although it has a strong use of rhymes, most of it rhymes are half rhymes.

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  6. Through His Poetry Wilfred Owen Wished to Convey, to the General Public, the Pity of War. In a Detailed Examination of these Poems, With Reference to Others, Show the Different in which He achieved this

    Whichever way he chooses to portray the pity of the war the end result is always the same. "Dulce Et Decorum Est" is a direct attack at the people in Britain who had been taken in by the propaganda drive by telling them the truth of what life is really like at the front and in what conditions their sons, fathers, brothers etc. are in. "Dulce Et Decorum Est" consists of four unequal stanzas, the first two in sonnet form, and the last two in a looser structure.

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