Owen wants his readers to think about the harsh conditions of war, and understanding the tragedy and sad emotions of soldiers who wouldn’t get the last laugh since many of them die. To reference the title of the poem, Wilfred describes the weapons getting the last laugh at the end of each stanza. In “The Last Laugh,” Owen identifies the way in which the weapons have more power versus religion, family, and love. According to line 3, “The Bullets chirped -- In vain, vain, vain!,” the bullets are mocking his religion. The weapons might have hit the soldier to make him curse at God and be in vain.
The Old Lie! Dolce et Decorum Est is an anti-war poem written by Wilfred Owen. It is due to his frustration and anger against the people who use the old lie, it is sweet and right to die for your country, which is a translation of the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”. Through this poem, Owen who himself took part in World War 1, has no difficulty to convince us that the horrors that took and balance the idea of those who encourage war. The poems theme is taken on and created throughout the use of many poetic devices and appeals such as imaginative appeal, sensual appeal as well as intellectual appeal.
Owen uses this simile 'like old beggars', to portray the soldiers like hags, making them seem week, poor and vulnerable to disease. His second stanza shows what the consequences of war can be, in contrast to Pope's "crutches", he tells of his comrade being suffocated by chlorine gas. There is one thing that Owen talks about that is not mentioned in Pope's poem - death. The third stanza shows Owen's past experience, and the final stanza which is lar... ... middle of paper ... ...lie low and be out of the fun", "Who thinks he'd rather sit tight" she questions their masculinity. Every man would rather fight that be labelled 'woman'.
The Americans didn't like war and they were tired of sending their people out to war. Two authors that conveyed this war time really well were Stephen Crane and Robert E. Lee. Stephen Crane depicted the attitudes of Americans at that time really well. In his poem "War Is Kind" he shows us how tired Americans were of war. This poem is very strong and emotional because he gives us mental images of how horrible war is.
Pope conveyed the participants of the ‘game’ were admirable and those who sat on the sidelines shunned and disregarded. His poem seems very depressing and gloomy, particularly in comparison, but is it not more realistic? Owen was a soldier himself, would he not know more about the horrors that war brings than the female poet, who could only be permitted to watch from the outside of her competitive yet carefree game of rugby? Personally, I think he would. At the time, Owen was put into a psychiatric hospital because the war had so badly affected him, broken his character.
The man is now a charity case ‘take whatever pity they may dole.’ If he had not fought in the war then this would never have happened to him. Owen uses striking images and vivid imagery in both poems to clearly show his anger of people who were disillusioned about war, and to show the harsh reality of war. A sense of pathos runs throughout the poems in the reader for the men. The sarcasm used in ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ shows Owens passion of getting his point across. Many peoples attitude of war in England had changed drastically by the time Wilfred Owen wrote these two poems.
In the final stanza, Owen is angry with the generals and politicians for encouraging young men to fight for their country. Moreover, the poet explains what happened to the man that died from the gas attack and consequently uses this incident to convince readers that it is not "sweet and fitting" to fight for one's country. The ga... ... middle of paper ... ...it was unlike the majority of poems I have read about the First World War. I found Wilfred Owen to be a shockingly realistic and expressive writer. Nevertheless, he wrote an honest poem, which makes it even more appalling since they incidents did occur.
After reading the poem a number of times I have come to a conclusion that Owen named the poem this because of the strong statement that he makes in the poem. In a way I get the feeling that Owen was mocking the saying but I don't think he was mocking the army as a whole just that single principal. All the things that they are carrying weigh down the soldiers, perhaps they are even weighed down by the expectation of their country. Owen says " Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs" The soldiers are fed up. They are so tired that even when the flares go off behind them they don't have the energy or even feel like turning around to see them.
Therefore, the soldier is paying the consequence of war by death whilst the weapons get to laugh at him. In line 4, “Machine guns chuckled—Tut-tut! Tut-tut!”; the sounds associated with the guns is an onomatopoeia for rhetorical effect to express disapproval of his religion. Furthermore, thoughts of families prove to be pointless when the soldiers seek protection in the war. In line 6, “Another sighed, -- ‘O Mother, --mother,--Dad!” the soldier is crying out to his parents through the sufferings of war, although nothing good comes out of it.
It describes what the corporals and soldiers did and how they reacted to the situation. However, Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s For the Game?” talks about war as if it is a joke and the scary aspect of the war is taken away. In each poem a different picture emerges in one’s head. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” similes are used quite regularly to create dreamlike settings and haunting images that provide a vivid picture of the realities of warfare. To the general public soldiers were seen as heroes but the first line of this poem ruins that image by describing the soldiers as “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”.