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In doing do I will look at how each poet is effective in conveying the message through their use of imagery. Wilfred Owen most eminent poem regarding war is known as Dulce et Decorum est which means The Old Lie in Latin. T... ... middle of paper ... ...eam for fighting for their country is in reality a living nightmare both physically and psychologically and in fact there is nothing honourable in war and life on the battlefield. Instead he wants the reader to understand that war rapes a soldier of human dignity. He does this effectively through the use of his bold description of the gas attack incident and his elaborate description of the soldiers appearances.
He clearly feels guilty at his survival, and he too is haunted by the images of the dead that he describes, how else could they be so vivid? This is perhaps the most interesting aspect revealed by Owen's poem, the scars left by war on a real human with the ability to express and communicate the damage in such a way that the reader is not only shocked, but greatly moved. The poem has its intensity because Owen was writing it while in direct contact with the 'mental cases' whereas Graves is more distant as well as describing the memories of war. A poem which describes an inability to remember is far less disturbing than a poem which describes not being able to forget.
Even though the poets came from contrasting backgrounds, they were able to personalize war to make it hit a chord with the reader and display the bleak reality of war that regular citizens may not have realized, Hardy, through emotional pain and Owen, through imagery. In “Dulce et Decorum Est”, Owen successfully illustrates the physical punishment that war deals out to its soldiers. Throughout the first stanza, there is a great deal of imagery that gives the reader a good look at what war is like for soldiers who are, “knock-kneed, coughing like hags” (line 2) which shows visual and auditory imagery. The line continues with “we cursed through sludge” (line 2) with both auditory and kinesthetic imagery and ends with the soldiers “ limp[ing] on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind” (line 6).
In line 25, “my friend you would not tell with such high zest”. Owen makes reference to “my friend” in an ironic way, trying to make them understand that if they had witnessed those scenes, they would never repeat this revolting lie to children, with such unrealistic enthusiasm towards war, “with such high zest”. In conclusion, Wilfred Owens anti-war poem successfully demonstrates the horrors of war. The poems theme is an anti-war, trying to show the horrid experience men went through during World War 1. In order for this theme to have been created Owen uses of many poetic devices and appeals such as imaginative appeal, sensual appeal as well as intellectual appeal.
Its strict pattern shows either the control the government, and war, had on the men’s lives, or the perception of war presented by those who advertised it – a glorious and heroic occasion. Yet it’s through the language we can see the realities. Ironically, an ABAB rhyme scheme is used; inside the lines are half-rhymes, which rely on Owen’s unexpected use of assonance, surprising the reader. For example ‘… green sea...’ and ‘…dreams before…’ The repeated use of the extended ‘e’ sound creates the half rhyme. It doesn’t conform to our expectation of the proper rhyme which correlates with the soldier’s expectations of being war heroes- in the end they either die or were scarred with mental or physical injuries.
Comparison of Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum A Comparison of Two Poems In this essay I will compare two poems. The poems that I will discuss, are ’Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and ‘Dulce Et Decorum’ by Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen was actually a fighter in the war, where as Alfred, Lord Tennyson only wrote the poem on what he had heard and he had no experience of war. Although both poems are about war, they are a complete contrast to each other, not only in the way they are written but also with the message they deliver. ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ delivers a strong message.
On the first read-through of Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est it seems to just be a poem describing a soldiers experience in World War I, but there is much more to the story than that. Through the use of several literary techniques, Owen is able to vividly describe the speaker’s experiences and at the same time make them relatable to the people reading the poem. He also is able to criticize the people who he thinks are at least partly responsible for “tricking” a younger, more gullible him into the situation in the first place. Owen uses very vivid imagery throughout the poem to describe how horrible the war was to the speaker and his fellow soldiers. He starts by describing how worn and tired he and his fellow soldiers are as they start “towards our distant rest” (Owen 695) which can be interpreted as them simply just walking back to their barracks to sleep or, in a darker sense, to their deaths.
Campbell (1999: 204) refers to their poetry as trench lyric, which not only calls attention to the poems’ most common setting, but also the accompanying images of filth, barbed wire, shell fire, and so forth. The genre portrays these distressing conditions in an unromantic light, thus differentiating it from the patriotic lyrics of the early war. It is realistic in that it employs the traditional styles and diction of English poetry, however uses these conventional poetic forms to portray the gruesome details of the situations of the trench (Campbell 1999: 205). One of those poets was Wilfred Owen, whose later work has become canonized as a representative of trench lyric. He is the poet who wrote with most pathos, who started out as a follower of Keats and Shelley but toughened and tightened his language under the pressure of traumatic frontline experiences and who came to see it as his poetic task to warn of the horrors of war (Buelens & Claes 2013: 115).
He then realised that War wasn’t as glorified as he had thought and wrote poems to deter other young men, who, like himself, thought it was brave and courageous to die for their country. The poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade,’ tells the story of how one man in their cavalry, The Commander, made a huge mistake by charging them towards the Russian Army. This is depicted when the poet says: ‘Into the valley of death.’ This implies that the army on the other side of the valley were so great; the cavalry didn’t have any hope of beating them. Ironically, they won the battle. In ... ... middle of paper ... ...nditions of War were and the terrible ways that the soldiers lost their lives.