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  1. Dulce et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen

    Young men believed that fighting in the war would make them heroes when they returned home. "Dulce et Decorum Est" is about the soldiers on their way back from the front line and the sudden panic caused when the soldiers are hit unexpectedly with a gas attack. Wilfred Owen begins with a simile, "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks". This shows the load the men had to carry with them and the exhaustion of the men. "...Under sacks" gives us the picture of the heaviness and feeling of the soldiers' uniforms. To show the physical condition he uses words like "coughing" and "cursed".

    • Word count: 663
  2. Wilfred Owen 'Dulce et Decorum est'.

    The second line continues this them as it compares the soldiers to hags, which are very like beggars. It tells you that the soldiers are knock kneeded and coughing, which implies a very low morale. In the second stanza, the poet has written about a gas attack that he has witnessed. This stanza tells us about the confusion and panic, which arises when the soldiers' lives are in immediate danger. The pace of this verse is a lot quicker in order to demonstrate this, and also provides a contrast to the previous verses as it is written in the present tense to make it seem more real, whereas the first verse is written in the perfect tense, which makes it seem more distant.

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  3. Contrasts between 'Exposure' and 'Breakfast'.

    Breakfast is a poem on the subject of an ordinary event at home or in the trenches; eating breakfast. While the soldiers are socialising a bet takes place over which football team will beat the other in a game. Something rather unordinary then happens Ginger was appalled by the sight of this bet and 'took the bet up' raising his head. Consequently a sniper picked him out and shot him in the back of the head. I feel W.W Gibson wrote this poem to express that even in an ordinary event like eating breakfast something drastic could happen. On the other hand 'Exposure' informs the reader about the extreme condition soldiers had to endure in the trenches.

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  4. Dulce et Decorum Est and Futility the Poems of Wilfred Owen.

    By using the phrase "blood shod" Owen is describing how the troops have been on their feet for days and never resting. "Drunk with fatigue", echoes this view that the troops are wandering and stumbling around aimlessly with no sense of direction or of purpose. In the second stanza, the pace changes to one of urgency; Owen using the word "Gas" in swift repetition demonstrates this. By doing this Owen illustrates the urgency of a life and death situation, which requires the need to put on their gas masks.

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  5. "Anthem For Doomed Youth" By Wilfred Owen

    I really felt that Owen kind of twisted this idea though by putting more of an emphasis on being led to their death. Although in the last part of the title when it said doomed youth, I felt that even though these soldiers where being lead to death they were doing a very noble thing by dieing for their country. In the opening line of this poem Owen's first words are "What passing bells for these who die as cattle?"

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  6. A post war poem, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' snatches at the opportunity to put an abrupt end to political problems worldwide, and to avoid any sort of future World Wars. Wilfred Owen

    Wilfred Owen will have captivated any reader by now to see the poem through to it's end. This poem is of a standard much higher than Owen's other work, as well as many of its time. 'An ecstasy of fumbling', 'misty panes and think green light' and 'a green sea' are all first-rate adjectival phrases portraying further visions of war.

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  7. Analyse two poems 'Attack' and 'Anthem for doomed youth.'

    The title is also an oxymoron as 'Anthem' is considered as a happy verb but at the same time the word 'Doomed' is used. As we can see Wilfred Owen has already set the mood for the poem. The first line in the poem starts with an angry question asking 'what passing-bells for these who die as cattle.' In the plague a bell was rung for every person who died until the bells didn't stop ringing as too many people had died and therefore the bells were stopped.

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  8. An Examination of the ways in which Wilfred Owen depicts the horrors of war in his poems " Exposure and "Dulce et Decorum Est."

    He also shows how war is so slow and that the men's main foe was the weather and harsh conditions at times rather than the vision of a fast pace action packed glorious battle that ended in victory as so many where led to believe. Dulce et Decorum Est similar in many ways to Exposure as it's main message is that the saying Dulce et Decorum Est is a lie and that it is not sweet and fitting to die for ones country rather it is the opposite as he shows in the poem The use of first person narrative

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  9. The send off / Ducle et Decorum est - Compare these two poems by Wilfred Owen which is both about the horrors of war. In any way you like.

    Wilfred Owen is trying to tell everyone "don't go to war unless it is absolutely necessary". The two poems are showing the bitterness about war also there is a sense of shame in both of how people where sent off to die and not really care about them because it was their choice and they wanted to die for their country and in the way that the soldiers never returned the same person as when they arrived. Both of the poems are immensely sad by the way that they portrayed things like in Dulce et Decorum est.

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  10. Dulce Et Decorum Est". "Anthem for doom youth". "Night Patrol" and "Survivors". Which of these poems are clearly anti-war?

    In Dulce et Decorum Est at the end of the battle the soldiers are extremely tired. They walk with hunched-up shoulders, carrying heavy packs and supporting their wounded mated. They are ill because they have no protection against all kinds of weather. They cough 'like hags' - simile. Hags ugly, old scruffy women. They walk with difficulty through the slimy! thick mud on the battlefield, cursing when they stumble or slip because they are too tired to control their movements.

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  11. In the spring of 1960, the Academy hired a new headmaster; his name was Randy White, the only man who had denied Owens's personal interview.

    Mr. White also made other changes: removing the Latin requirement and changing Academy lawyers. Owen challenged every change that was made. In January of 1961, when President Kennedy is inaugurated as President, Owen sees fit to support the new Catholic president since he feels JFK is the model American citizen. After hearing JFK's speech, Owen decides to drop his sarcastic tone and he stops making fake draft cards. Basically, Owen decides to change his ways out of respect for a Catholic President. As seniors at the Academy, Owen and Johnny are allowed to take the train to Boston on weekends if they chose to do so.

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  12. Comparison of 'Attack' written by Seigfried Sassoon and 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' Written by Wilfred Owen.

    In the second line of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' it uses personification by quoting ' anger of the guns'. Its personification because it is giving guns a human form 'anger'. The guns are angry because its war and they're firing at the enemy and it isn't a nice sound. These lines open the poem out more by describing some of the details what it was like, such as the sun and gunfire. The line three of 'Attack' it uses alliteration and sibilance.

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  13. Comparing "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Five Ways to Kill a Man" and the way they treat man's inhumanity to man.

    The whole poem is a connotation, the author never uses names but expects the reader to know what he is talking about, If the poem had been written 50 years earlier, the use of connotation would have not been such a good idea, as educated people were less, and things such as the T.V radio and internet that nowadays allow people to learn more, didn't exist back then, and you need to be aware of certain historical events to understand the poem, phrases like" You can make him carry a plank of wood to the top of a hill and nail him to it" or "A nation's scientists, several factories and a psychopath" are examples of connotation.

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  14. A comparison between 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

    The opening lines of the two poems are very effective because they produce either some sort of atmosphere and make the reader feel that they are actually there, or show the feelings for the soldiers who fought in the war. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' does this by using similes such as 'like old beggars under sacks' which capture the appearance of the soldiers as cripples and effective onomatopoeia such as 'sludge' and 'trudge', the sound made of soldiers going through mud.

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  15. To compare the ways in which these poems display the horrors of war. I have selected three poems, The Soldier, by Rupert Brooke, Dulce et Decorum Est, and Anthem for Doomed Youth, both written by Wilfred Owen.

    But using this title it makes the poem seem as if it is going to glorify the war and all the people who fought for England in it. Owen writes from experience and from within a group of soldiers. He shows this by using inclusive words like ?we?. Owen writes, ?we cursed through the sludge?. He also uses the word ?our? and writes, ?And towards our distant rest began to trudge?. Through his arrangement of words and similes, Owen is able to give us a vivid image of the soldiers? suffering.

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  16. Write an essay about how Owen's poetry describes the plight of the soldiers.

    To create his 'moral lesson', Owen recalls certain incidents in which he analyses the suffering of particular soldiers lacking identity: "bones without number"... Owen, having been a soldier of high rank, and having had a troop under his hands often brings out the feeling of guilt and shame in his poems: the guilt of having led his men towards death; men who "didn't appear to know a war was on" and never realised the cruelty they were committing themselves to, until they were right up to the neck into it.

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  17. The significance of imagery and vocabulary in 'Disabled' and 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen

    they have suffered an experience that steals their age from them, and is severe enough to last them a lifetime of hardship both physically, as they are injured, and mentally. Merely by reading the first two lives, we are presented with an aged, decrepit, dark and coarse image, which continues with language such as 'haunting' and 'trudge' which particularly emphasise darkness, and a slow dragging tone. The use of 'blood-shod' helps you to imagine men dragging their bleeding feet through the wet mud.

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  18. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and The Soldier by Rupert Brooke - Why Are They So Different?

    Both poems also feature death although it is more apparent in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' than 'The Soldier'. The feelings we get from 'Dulce et Decorum Est' are a lot more negative about death because the horrors of war are described more and in greater detail. The ideas of death in 'The Soldier' are more patriotic and seen as a good thing. It is also noticeable that Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen were involved in the war. The content in 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is very gruesome whereas 'The Soldier' is a lot more nationalistic.

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  19. Analysis of Anthem For Doomed Youth

    lines, are being led to their death and like the title of his other poem, 'Dulce et Decorum Est', Owen is saying oh what a noble thing it is to die for your country. From my first read of the poem I can see that it rhymes in cuplets of A B in the first stanza, this differs form the second stanza which doesn't have a fixed rhyming scheme. Alliteration, imagery, personification and onomatopia are the other devices used by Owen throughout the poem.

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  20. Write a critical appreciation of “The Send-Off” by Wilfred Owen.

    Even though the Soldiers singing, it is probably only to maintain a sense of enthusiasm and prevent themselves from thinking about the future and their prospects. From the beginning, the atmosphere seems sinister. The lanes are darkening and claustrophobic; the shed reminded me of execution sheds and slaughterhouses; the crowds have gone elsewhere and only 'dull' porters and the uninspiring figure of a tramp watch them. Traditionally flowers have a double significance - coloured for celebration, white for mourning. So the women who stuck flowers on their breasts thought they were expressing support but were actually garlanding them for the slaughter.

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  21. Dulce Et Decorum Est.

    In the first line, the soldiers are compared in a simile to 'old beggars'. This implies that they look scruffy; this is not how the press would have been portraying them at the time so Owen is already beginning to break down the public misconception. The second line continues this them as it compares the soldiers to hags, which are very like beggars.

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  22. Choose two poems by Wilfred Owen. Write an essay exploring what you feel is effective and interesting about the way war is presented.

    given in the last four lines, drawing our attention to this particular point, the whole meaning of the poem as far as the poet is concerned. "If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Bitter as the cud." In contrast, the second of Owen's poems, 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', can be easily distinguished from many of his other works, as it is, infact, a sonnet. Like all sonnets, this one has fourteen lines, divided up into two movements, with an initial, alternate line rhyme scheme used, changing to a more unusual sextet in the final movement.

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  23. Compare and Contrast Poetry: “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke Both poems, “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “The Soldier” focus on the subject of war, although each di

    Wilfred Owen writes in an almost angry tone, tinged with sadness at the great loss in conflict. He writes his poem as a warning to anyone "ardent for some desperate glory" that war is not as wonderful and as glorifying as it sounds. The tone reflects the loss that he experienced in war. Rupert Brooke's tone is patriotic, proud and dedicated to his country. He delivers his poem in an immensely emotional way, painting the picture in his words of how wonderful war is. You can almost hear "God Save The Queen" playing and the Union Jack waving in the background as he delivers his poem with his hand on his heart!

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  24. How does Wilfred Owen present the horror and reality of war in his poems?

    'Exposure' gives a worm's-eye view of the front line, based on Owen's experiences in the winter of 1917, and passive suffering is what it is all about. 'Nothing happens', as he says four times - nothing except tiny changes in the time of day, the weather and the progress of the war. The men appear trapped in a No Man's Land between life and death, and the poem's movement is circular. To start the poem Wilfred Owen describes the reality of the terrible weather conditions the soldiers had to live in, he compares war and weather 'our brains ache, in the merciless iced east that knive us'.

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  25. Dulce et Decorum Est(It is good and fitting to die for your country.)

    He then goes on to describe the way they are walking and the language they are using. "Knock-kneed, coughing like old hags, we cursed through sludge" this make the men seem like they are at deaths gates, ready to collapse at any minute and hating every minute that they have to be alive in this place. This is also shown in the language that is used by the men, cursing about their situation. But the men continue on regardless, some men sleep while they walk. The men all know that they are on their way to rest but the road ahead is not safe.

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