The war should be known for its true meaning and not the fake outside look of it. The poem “Who’s for the game?” is has the opposite view to these poems. War is described as a game, just a bit of fun and that if all these lucky men who have the opportunity to go, in fact don’t go, they will be missing out. There is also a bit of guilt in this poem, it is at the end. By mentioning the trouble that their country is in, it makes men who have not joined feel bad that they have let their country down and be led to such a bad state.
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.
He wanted to convey a message expressing the reality, horror and futility of war. He also felt strongly towards the idea that the generals and offices treated the ordinary soldiers with contempt and didn't care for them. He also felt that the soldiers were treated like insignificant pawns in a game which they didn't know the rules to. Further he tried to attack the blind patriotism or jingoism, which is basically people who believe in the idea that their country and leaders are always right that they are happily willing to die for them. Owen highlights the horrific conditions in which the soldiers fought to show the futility of war.
It made me realise how lucky I am not to be living in those terrible conditions that he had to endure. I think that the poem does fulfil its purpose of discouraging men from joining the army because it is so graphic and vivid. It explains the true atrocities that War brings and how terribly they can affect lives, even after the War has ended. Owen clearly doesn’t want the young men to experience what he has.
Owens anthology of war poetry is characterised by his vivid and graphic detail concerning war and all its brutal consequences. He also revolts against pro-war propagandists, not only denouncing their beliefs but also by the way they brainwashed naÃ¯ve young boys into believing it was honourable to die for your country. One such advocate of this idea was Rupert Brooke, his work recognisable by a profound sense of patriotism. He wrote to depict the courage and excitement of war rather than the harsh realities staring them in the face, by means to entice young men into enrolling in the army. This is exactly what Owen was objecting to.
"Dulce et Decorum Est" has a more negative and pessimistic view on war in general because Owen wrote his poetry based on personal experience of the horrors of the First World War, realising himself that war was not something to be glorified but something terrifying. On the contray, "Charge of the Light Brigade" has an optimistic and positive attitude towards war. Tennyson glorifies the deaths, the slaughter of hundreds of men, who died for no reason, in fact because of a mistake. Tennyson wrote his poem at a time when propaganda was needed to promote a war between the British Empire and the Russians.
His opinions are emphasised in the final lines of the poem: "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 - it is rightful and fitting to die for one's country - the author says is a lie. The harsh realistic style in which the poem was written would convince many readers to agree, meaning his usage of words and poetic devices are very effective. However the poem could also be portrayed as unpatriotic as it denounces the causes of his country fighting the war.
Despite initially being in favor of the War and the principles alluding to its outbreak, the monotonous suffering led Owen quickly to reconsider. Owen saw these young men who were able to employ such camaraderie, love and affection towards each other, completely obliterated. This was what he depicted in his poetry, the waste and the ruin of war. What Owen and all those on the Front Line witnessed, lived through and were subjected to could never be comprehended by those at home or future generations. Owen used his poetry to give voice to his disillusionment with the War and its cruelty on the human race.
Owen is responding directly to a poem written by Jessie Pope. He was outraged at the tone of her poem. Pope was encouraging people to go to war and fight for their country in with a glorified tone and ironically she was unaware about the atmosphere of the war. Owen, who was a soldier and fought on the front line during the war, had a very different attitude to fighting. He includes vivid descriptions of events throughout battles, and felt as though war was a waste of young, innocent lives.
They wrote about the truth of the war; the terrible trench conditions and death. Their poems were meant to shock people because they didn't know what war was actually like and make men realise what they were actually doing, signing up to fight. Jessie Pope's attitude to war was that all men should join up and fight for the country and if men didn't, they were cowards. Her poem, 'Who's for the game?' was wrote as if she knew about fighting in a war.