Comparing The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen were both written during world war one. War and death are the themes of both poems but they are written from different perspectives. Brooke seems to base his poem on myth because overall he says that it is good to die for your country while fighting at war is terrible and that it is every soldier for himself and not for your country. There are many reasons why Brooke and Owen have different attitudes to war. For example Brook wrote The Soldier at the beginning of the war but Owen wrote it in 1916.
In this essay I will be analysing two poems ‘Dulce et decorum est’ and ‘Futility’. The two poems will show how Wilfred Owen shows futility of war in each poem. Wilfred Owen was one of the leading poets of the First World War. He was born on the 18th March 1983 and was killed in action on 4th November 1918. During his time in war he wrote many powerful poems; the conditions they lived in and how futile it was.
The use of war is a general theme used very often. The following authors and there poems use the theme of war: Rupert Brooke's, "The Soldier"; Wilfred Owen's, "Anthem for Doomed Youth"; and William Butler Yeats', "An Irish Foresees His Death". Even though the three poems use the theme of war, they seem to be whispering other underlying ideas which are patriotism, realism, and destiny. Robert Brooke's poem, "The Soldier" is a great representation for the patriotism of an English soldier. At the time that the poem war written, World War I was in full force, so that may have affected Brooke's to write this poem.
How Wilfred Owen Presents the Horror of War in Dulce et Decorum est In the First World War people wanted the young men to go to war, but no-one really knew about conditions of the fighting in the war. Wilfred Owen was one of the people who wanted to tell the public what war was really was like. He tried to do that through his poetry. One of his poems "Dulce et decorum est" shows the horror of war very well. We know that Wilfred Owen really does know what he's talking about as he served through most of the war and died shortly before the armistice.
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.
The most famous example is of Adolf Hitler who took the aid of war to conquer the territories. The media also has a great impact on the mind of the public, like newspapers, televisions, radios arouses the public’s interest and motivates the young generation to join the army and fight for the nation. However, there are artists who look at war in its very naked form. For example the poet Wilfred Owen in his poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” demonstrates that no sweetness or honor is earned in dying for one’s country, instead humanity is taken away during war. In the first stanza Owen uses strong metaphors and similes to convey a meaningful warning.
In the poems "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen, and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, two contradicting and different view towards war are portrayed through the authors' uses of imagery and tone. In "Dulce et Decorum Est" Owen paints a pessimistic picture of what war really is like. Owen himself lost his life fighting for the British during WWI in 1918, the poem being published posthumously two years later. He describes the treacherous lives the soldiers lived while fitting in the war. He describes the weak physical and emotional conditions they experienced as they made there way through the mud and sludge.
Strange Meeting ‘Strange Meeting’ by Wilfred Owen is a poem about a soldier in war who makes contact with the spirit of a dead soldier. The poem begins with the relief of a soldier as he escapes the war; but then realizes where he was when he sees the dead soldier. The spirit tells him that joining war is simply a waste of your life. The poem describes the cruelty and harshness of war, and what it’s like to be in it. Owen’s main aim was to open up the truth about war and the horrific and gruesome reality of being a soldier, contradicting the propaganda illustrating soldiers as heroic, honorable, and proud.
Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and David Roberts are well known war poets. Using a selection of their poems we hope to analyze the two conflicting views on war. To understand what influenced the poets we need to get an idea of their social and historical background. The poet Rudyard Kipling was an ex army official so his poems on war can be trusted. However during Kipling’s war days war was not fully mechanized so Kipling cannot really describe the horror of WW1.
Poems of War Rupert Brooke’s “The Dead” (Brooke p109) tries to convince you that death in battle is sweet and honorable. Compared to Wilfred Owens “Dulce et Decorum est” we read a poem with a completely different opinion about war. It's a gruesome first hand experience of trench warfare. Through the entire poem Rupert Brooke tries to persuade the younger generation of readers in joining the army. He tries to make it seem sensational, and plead to the younger generation by making it come across as heroic.