This poem describes how he and some soldiers were ambushed by a gas attack. Then he was forced to watch one of his men die after failing to put his gas mask on in time. His poem's title, 'Dulce et decorum est', is Latin for 'It is sweet and proper'. He sees war as being wrong and a 'lie', whilst Tennyson believes that enduring on war is 'Noble' and an 'Honour'. The 'Charge of The Light Brigade' consists of short lines giving the rhythm a fast pace.
These images are used to show the immense harm and the brutality of war and its effect on men. The dead soldier describes the blood that clogged their “chariot-wheels” (line 35) showing his regret for participating in the war now that he was aware of its ugliness. Thus, when the soldier states that “the foreheads of men have bled where no wounds were” (line 42), he truly expresses the cruelty of war and how it leaves men with scarred souls. All of these images highlight the pure pain of war. Owen’s use of assonance, alliteration and onomatopoeia in the poem help to bring it to life and remind us of the horrific situation at ... ... middle of paper ... ...fred Owen to effectively build sympathy for the second soldier as he describes the pain that men suffered in war.
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
The two poems have a strongly anti war message and in both the victims of war are the young men who’s lives are wasted. ‘Dulce et decorum Est’ uses the description of a gas attack to show how horrific the reality of war is. Owen describes the victim with, ‘The white eyes writhing in his face…the blood…gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.’ The physical horror of this helps to shape his message. It is addressed to the propaganda poet Jessie Pope and tells her that it is a lie to say that it is sweet and honorable to die for one’s country. A similar message in ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ describes the slaughtered young men who ‘die as cattle’.
His protest against war clearly a protest against war’s deliberate reversal of all the values that men uphold. Owen suggests that religion cannot offer much consolation to those dying on the warfront. Due to the these traumatic events on the warfront, young soldiers seeing their comrades die deteriorates their innocence away.The personification of the guns creates a distinctly ironic tone, in the line ‘monstrous anger of guns’. The use of visual and auditory images allows the reader to delve into the world of the mid 1900s. The alliteration at the end of the line "rifles' rapid rattle" is a way of drawing our attention and building the intensity.
War brings about the death of thousands, leaving behind trails of corpses, and unfulfilled promises of glory. The idea of glory on the battlefield is emphasized to young, impressionable minds that fall to believe. Two poems that deal with this issue are “Dulce et Decorum Est” written by Wilfred Owen in 1920, and “War is Kind” written by Stephan Crane in 1899. “Dulce et Decorum Est” is a fictional first-hand view of war in action. The poem’s peak occurs when the narrator is reciting what he sees when another soldier encounters poisonous gas.
Another example of death is “white eyes writhing in his face, his hanging face” this is effective to me because the use of repetition emphasises the state in which the soldier is in, and draws a vivid images in the readers mind. I think these themes show that Owen has a bitter attitude towards war because he seems to only mention a bad side of war as if there is no glorious part. The main theme in stanza one of "Anthem for Doomed Youth" however is the lack of a funeral for people dying in the war. An example of this is "choirs of wailing shells"; this means that the only choir they have when they die is the sound the shells make as they move through
Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and his poem was published in 1920 (December). Both these poets have strong but opposing views about war. 'Dulce et Decorum est' means it's a good and noble thing to die for your country, which is ironic as Wilfred Owen doesn't think this is true and he thought war was horrific. This poem is about the First World War and Owen describes how he feels and he describes the trenches appalling from first hand experience. At the beginning the troops are marching in awful conditions to battle.
This is exactly what Owen was objecting to. I have chosen to study in depth the poems-'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen-an ironically titled poem portraying the wasteful futility of young lives lost at war and 'The Rich Dead' by Rupert Brooke-a poem honouring the death of a war hero. I feel that both poems effectively r... ... middle of paper ... ...he poem. Owen strives to provide a more realistic image of the wholly unavoidable human suffering that war brings. I think the following line from the song "The Green Fields of France" reflects this image accurately when the writer describes his feelings while standing in a World War One graveyard: "To a man's blind indifference to his fellow man, To a whole generation who were butchered and damned" Rupert Brooke's work on the other hand is aiming to paint a pretty picture of the harsh realities of war.
The poem seems to give the reader a chance to step into a soldier's shoes in order to experience his feelings.. 'Only the monstrous anger of the guns' is the answer... ... middle of paper ... ...wn. Seeing people getting killed, it must be of the same experience. So yes, my preference is the charge of the light brigade, at least they got decent funerals compared to the soldiers in anthem for doomed youth. In conclusion, I felt that Wilfred Owen captures the reality of the war in this very moving poem. By emphasising the number of deaths of the innocent he outlines the severity of the war.