Kipling also tries to shed a reality on the battle, and how the English were loyal to the soldiers when they were need, but now that the battle is over the broken soldiers returning no longer fit the heroic image the public hold, and so their country no longer cares. In fact exposing the publics expressed support to be only shallow lip service. Tennyson wrote his poem with rigid, rhythmical, and evocative language, and tries to glamorise the Battle, and in doing so, makes the poem too fanciful. While Kipling on the other hand wrote his poem using... ... middle of paper ... ...their lack of fidelity towards the soldiers. In conclusion I personally find Kipling's poem more effective.
He believes that where an English man dies while fighting for his country will fall and where they fall means that, that part of land is English. While Brooke mentions nothing of the pain and of death and the unpleasant ways soldiers die in war, in Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen shows the horrific consequences of war. Owen seems to show the misery of war by setting the scene effectively he does this by saying, "In all ... ... middle of paper ... ...e begging of war ever one was very optimistic that we would win the war quickly and efficiently. Brooke's poem also gives the people at home the feeling that if one of their men dies it is not the end. In contrast Owen's poem attacks the idealistic and romantic view put forward by Brooke.
In doing do I will look at how each poet is effective in conveying the message through their use of imagery. Wilfred Owen most eminent poem regarding war is known as Dulce et Decorum est which means The Old Lie in Latin. T... ... middle of paper ... ...eam for fighting for their country is in reality a living nightmare both physically and psychologically and in fact there is nothing honourable in war and life on the battlefield. Instead he wants the reader to understand that war rapes a soldier of human dignity. He does this effectively through the use of his bold description of the gas attack incident and his elaborate description of the soldiers appearances.
In all Wilfred Owen is trying to show that there is nothing good about war. This poem is very effective as an anti-war poem. His main point is the old saying: 'Dulce et Decorum Est, pro patria mori' is a lie and the last word used is death. Even though it may be honourable to die for your country, it is not sweet and never will be. My conclusion is that, although I preferred reading 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'Dulce et Decorum Est' taught me the most about war and conflict.
He tries to make it seem sensational, and plead to the younger generation by making it come across as heroic. In comparison to Brooks poem Owen describes images related to dying for your nation as cruel, painful and upsetting but Brooke views it as something extremely honorable and something to be proud of. Personally I feel that if you happen to die in the line of battle it is in fact a heroic death. While Brook's poem describes his views of war from an outsiders perspective, Owen's Poem gives an outstanding description of war as he experienced it firsthand. Brooke sees that laying down your life during the line of duty for your country is honorable and heroic, and while you engage the first stanza you will see that Brooke writes: "the rich dead”(1).
By juxtaposing the biblical language with war terminology Owen was able to convey the message that our leaders are selfish and do not have the love for us like Abraham had for his son. What attracted me to this poem was how the poet wrote the poem as an allegory to tell the story of war. This poem is very effective and has many meanings.
The first poem I will look at is ‘Spring Offensive’. We can see from the title that Owen may talk about conflict as ‘offensive’ suggests. The opening line is one of sadness and imminent death, ‘Halted against the shade of a last hill’. The use of ‘last’ implies that the men are nearing the end of their lives and that the hill is that last one th... ... middle of paper ... ...suddenly they are ‘exposed’ to the ‘unseen bullets’ of the enemy machine guns. This also makes the soldiers appear very brave, as they show little fear.
“Dulce et Decorum Est” (1918), a poem by Wilfred Owen, provides readers with a view of war contrary to the romanticized portrayals common during the early 20th century. Owen, born in 1893, died fighting in World War I in 1918. This British writer amplified the basic theme of the poem by beginning the poem in iambic pentameter; later, he diverged from the poetic form to submerge the reader into the chaotic and desperate atmosphere of the poem. The author’s main idea reflects the haunting tragedy and irony of war in a passionate plea to those who appeal to the youth with glorified ideas of battle. The dramatic situation, of this poem, provides information about the speaker, audience, and plot.
In the first stanza he describes England as his body both mentally and physically and how England will always be exsot to him. In the second stanza he talks about England itself and he will be in peace if he dies in war as he will be under an ‘English heaven’. Consequently, Owen conveys so many deep emotions to the reader that it feels as if one is really in the battle. The reader would be overwhelmed with the detailed descriptions of the war and about its pain and destruction that it has caused. On the other hand, the reader would have felt that Brookes poem was shallow and bias.
Although both poems are diametrically opposed, they have the same common goal to get the reader to believe in their view of war. We see at the end of each poem we are being told what to believe. In owens poem we are told that dying for your country is sweet and seemly is a lie and in Tennysons poem we are told honour the light brigade honour the charge they made. After carefully comparing and contrasting these two poems I have come to the conclusion that, Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum est' view of war is true. His poem was outstanding.