Comparing The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est

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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. Brooks wrote his poem as someone who hasn't

been at war and at this time people thought that the war would not

last for long, but Owen did fight in the war but was written half way

through the war. Brooke says that it is good to die at war while

fighting for your country, yet Owen says that life is terrible at war

especially in the trenches

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In The Soldier Brooke promotes the glory of war and portrays death so

a natural process. He sees it as a natural process because he believes

that thoughts that fight for their country and die in war are

honourable and are patriots to their country. 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

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...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 argues against the ideals of

heroism and self-sacrifice. He is more concerned with all the men

going into war thinking that it is heroic and glorious when actually

it is horrible and that millions of men die every day.

The poem which I prefer between Rupert Brooke's The Soldier and

Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est is Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum

because it describes the war as I believe it is and it is very

descriptive on how the gas attack happened and how all the men felt.

So I like Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum overall
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