The speaker continues by answering his own question with lines filled with onomatopoeia, personification, assonance, and alliteration: the ‘only’ substitute for the bells are the bullets fired during war by the ‘stuttering rifles’ and the ‘guns’ with the ‘monstrous anger’. This type of beginning sets out a solid foundation for the poem: it already gives the reader a strong idea of what the intentions of the poet are. The poem continues the theme of negativity when the speaker criticizes the use of religion throughout war, and possibly questions God. By using things as sacred things as ‘prayers’, ‘bells’ and ‘choirs’ as tools to mourn the insignificant ‘cattle’, Owen says that the dead would only be mocked. The vast number of dead ‘cattle’ is described by Own when he says that there aren’t enough ‘candles’ to ‘speed them all’, and there aren’t any official funerals, but they can only be mourned by releasing their ‘holy glimmers of good-byes’ and that ‘the pallor of girls brows shall be their pall’.
23 Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud 24 Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-- They create a tangible entity for the reader. They show the truth of the creature of war——cancerous, bitter, incurable——and its eternal, undignified effect on the innocent. Owen uses plural pronouns and the past tense to describe what cannot be undone. He uses "we" and "our" to include the reader as part of the ill-equipped troops——as tired marchers and witnesses to death and pain.
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.
A similar message in ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ describes the slaughtered young men who ‘die as cattle’. Owen expresses his anger in a set of contrasts between a real funeral and the lack of a funeral for these young men. For example, instead of a service with a choir, they only have ‘the shrill demented choirs of wailing shells’. As you would expect, the tone and mood of both poems is deeply serious as Owen has a strong message in both of them. However, they are different.
Owen’s poem uses symbolism to bring home the harsh reality of war the speaker has experienced and forces the reader to think about the reality presented in romanticized poetry that treats war gently. He utilizes language that imparts the speakers experiences, as well as what he, his companions, and the dying man feels. People really die and suffer and live through nightmares during a war; Owen forcefully demonstrates this in “Dulce et Decorum Est”. He examines the horrific quality of World War I and transports the reader into the intense imagery of the emotion and experience of the speaker. Works Cited Griffith, George V. “Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est”.
Soldiers are “bent double”, weighed by exhaustion, forced into degrading situations “like old beggars”. Barely conscious, they “trudge” in their shoes of blood, “deaf” to the loud noises around them as they lose their senses. The haunting sight of a man grabs the reader, while his “froth corrupted” lungs drown in mustard gas. Alliteration in “all went lame, all blind” and “watch the white eyes writhing” employs rhythmic features to convey the atrocities. successfully expressing shock, terror and pain, Owen honestly advises his readers of the true emotions in
War also comes between families and loved, ones tearing them apart. “Mother.../... shroud of your son”-23-24. Dominant devices prevailing in the poem are tone/mood, diction, imagery, and sound devices. The tone present in this poem is one of sarcasm. The poet uses a sarcastic tone to mock war, this persuades readers that death caused by war is horrific.
In Emily Dickinson’s “I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” the speaker expresses his/her collapse of his/her mental stability. The poem is set in the mind of the speaker, which serves as the location of the funeral, as described by the speaker. Dickinson’s use of style, rhythm, rhyme, and auditory imagery emphasizes the progressive deterioration of the speaker’s rationality of sense. The poem opens, “I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain/And Mourners to and fro,” the poetess uses capitalization to highlight the speaker’s tactile feelings or something peculiar (1-2). The capitalization of “Funeral” and “Brain” is significant for there is death physically occurring inside the speaker (1).
The hyperbole also suggests the malevolence and madness of the guns making the image all the more stronger. Further on in stanza one of “Anthem for doomed youth” Owen uses the phrase “Hasty orisons” to emphasize the speed of slaughter on the battlefield. The use of the word ‘hasty’ is a striking juxtaposition as ori... ... middle of paper ... ... The word ‘legless’ emphasizes his disability and describes how he has lost his great physical capability and appearance due to the war. Finally, the last contrast Owen makes is of the soldiers attitude towards everything.
Two poems in war literature “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen and “Facing it” by Yusef Komunyakaa, the authors’ different perspectives will be presented. Owen portrays war as a horror battlefield not to be experienced and the glorious feeling to fight for one’s country. Komunyakaa on the other hand shows an African American that serves in Vietnam War and visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The poets’ choice of diction, setting of battlefield and various uses of poetic devices create a desired effect. 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.