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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.

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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 people the way soldiers were sent off battle and who was there to show them support in of their need. Also he is showing people who were pressured into going to war and they know that they have a 5% chance or not returning back let alone in tacked with an arm missing. Death seems to be mentioned a lot in Wilfred Owen's poems for example the title of "Dulce 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. Dulce et Decorum est. is an unglamours shocking picture at the front line. It is really making fun of the title I think that there might be a bit of irony in it. The two poems are first hand accounts of the war. Wilfred Owen is trying to tell everyone "don't go to war unless it is absolutely necessary". ...read more.

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It was like the young lads were forced to join the army by their wife's, mothers ect. I can see it in the send off when it says 'So secretly, like wrong hushed-up, they went they were not ours.' 'The boys were never theirs to be sent off but they still went. Also I feel there was a since of guilt to send husbands, brothers off to war. Women were there to give them flowers. It's kind of dawning that they might not return its kind of a symbol for the flowers that will be placed on their coffin. I can not read this from the line 'Nor there if they yet mock what women meant who gave them flowers'. In the last paragraph of the send off it says 'Shall they return to beatings of great bells in wild train-loads? A few, a few, too few for drums and yells, may creep back, silent, to village wells up half-known roads'. Pictures of death are also painted in the poem "The send-off" and I think that Wilfred Owen is trying to put forward the idea that when you are "sent off" you never come back. ...read more.

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devil's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, -- My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. All Wilfred Owens's poems seem to rhyme. The ends of the alternate lines rhyme in most all of his poems for example in "The send off" The 1st line ends in way and the 3rd in gay. This is repeated with other rhyming words all through the poem. On the 7th and 9th lines the rhyme is tramp and camp. In "Dulce et decorum est" we can see the same format of rhyming. The end of each alternate line rhymes i.e. the ends of the 1st and 3rd lines in this case sacks and backs, and the end of the 9th and 10th lines fumbling and stumbling. Do what Owen did. The pain of this piece of writing is its truth. This is something we believe the poet saw and actually experienced. Your experiences can be just as vital. essaybank.co.uk ...read more.

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