An analysis of Owen’s Dulce et Decorum est and Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light brigade Wilfred Owen and Alfred Lord Tennyson both wrote prominent poetry on the issue surrounding war. Owen was born on the 18th March 1893. Owen experienced the war and therefore he wrote elaborate detail on life on the battlefield. One of his famous poems on the aspect of war is known as ‘Dulce et Decorum Est which means it is sweet and beautiful to die for your native land in Latin. Although the title of the poem is positive the message in the poem illuminates the negative aspects of war and is written through the eye of a soldier which is Owen himself.
The impact of war on a soldier is well developed, and the consequences of these experiences are examined as an effort to implore and correct the audience. “Dulce et Decorum Est” provides the reader with information perhaps needed to understand that romanticized visions of war are contrary to reality. Works Cited Lutz, Kimberly. “Overview of ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’.” Poetry for Students. Ed.
Owen presents us a sarcastic view towards the idea of being honorable to sacrifice for their country and buttresses it with abundant of horrific images. It is a war sonnet that captures the feelings of survivors to those who lost their lives in war. The use of a sonnet creates a sense of intensity in his poem, briefness and portrays the nature of death on a battlefield. Moreover, Owen uses the rhyme scheme of “ababcdcdeffegg” to show the strong division between the lines. The choice of a sonnet allows Owen to convey his message effectively and remain emotional to keep the readers interested.
Wilfred Owen is undoubtedly one of the greatest First World War poets, revealing the true horrors of the war and the appalling and horrendous impact that it had on those on the front line. Owen was not anti war; in fact he is well documented in stating that there was a place for war, volunteering himself to go to the front line. Unlike many of his predecessors, Owen did not glorify the War and ignorantly celebrate it, instead he became increasingly discontented with the purpose behind it. He began to loose confidence in the purpose of the War and his opinion on the War, having originally enlisted full of hope and jubilation, took a dramatic change. Owen questioned whether or not the ultimate sacrifices being made were really appreciated by those at home, whilst they glorified and encouraged the War.
Figurative languages have been used in both poems to portray their experiences at war. Wilfred Owen uses figurative languages such as personification to portray the horrid truth of war. Owen does this by using words related to pessimism. “Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;”, from th... ... middle of paper ... ...ication and imagery have a great effect on differentiating the two view points of war. The essay discusses the opposing attitudes of a soldiers life, in which Owen’s poem has a horrid tone and Brooke’s has a patriotic tone.
Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke are both poems commentating on the effects of war, yet both have two drastically different viewpoints. Both poems are examples of the authors’ perceptions of war; Owen’s being about its gruesome and harsh reality during his experience and Brooke’s about the glory of dying for one’s country. The poets express their sentimental emotions on the subject matter in terms of figurative language, tone, diction and imagery. The tone is exhibited through the use of unyielding and vivid imagery, primarily by the use of compelling metaphors and similes. Both poets swirl around the idea of death in the name of ones country, in this case England in the World War 1 era, but this example serves different purposes in the two poems.
This is because of the striking graphic imagery he uses, the way he describes the effects of the war on him, and also because of the way he directs the poem at the reader personally, using phrases such as “you” and “my friend”. In my opinion, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” does not have the impact and the realism to convey the opinions contained in it effectively and forcefully. I feel is a more imaginative, outlook on war than Wilfred Owen’s graphic poem. The thing I did like about Tennyson’s poem was the excitement and passion and pace.
In addition to Crane's use of rhetorical devices such as imagery and emotion-evoking syntax to describe the horrid battle field and the pain the bereaved individuals feel, the poem's sarcastic tone is ultimately established through Crane's use of irony. Though the poem is written in free verse, Crane meticulously arranges his verses and stanzas so that descriptive sentences about the tragedy of war are followed by the recurring ph... ... middle of paper ... ... in order to survive the system. In addition to the topic of absurdity, Heller also makes statements regarding the jarring realities of war, as Stephen Crane has in “War is Kind”. Though the novel's primary focus is satire, as the story progresses and many of Yossarian's friends die tragic and often grotesque ways, Heller makes no attempt at mitigating the severity of their deaths as he describes in full detail the episodes in which they are killed. Yossarian is even asked by doctors to pretend to be the deceased son of a family who has come to visit: “All you've got to do is lie there a few minutes and die a little.
The reasons behind Wilfred Owen's poems were to indoctrinate the people of those times. "Dulce et Decorum Est" was to enable Owen to show the true meanings of war and to over right the untruthful poem of Jessie Pope and her propaganda technics. ====================================================================== Jessie Pope's poem " Who's For The Game?" ========================================= There are sporting references such as "Who'll toe the line," "Who'll grip and tackle the job unafraid." Also there are parts of the poem that incur guilt upon the men who hadn't enlisted.
This shows that in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s eye, it is noble and glorious to fight and die for your country. The message that ‘Dulce Et Decorum’ delivers is very different. Again the theme of this poem is war, but it tells us of the disaster, chaos and truth of war. The poem ends with a very clear message: 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 ‘Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori’ is Latin and it means it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. Wilfred Owen sees this as a lie as he believes war is violent, disastrous and glorified.