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Jessie Pope’s ‘Who’s for the Game’ and Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Solider’ (1914) are common poems that are of pro-war, written during the WW1. As both the poets are very patriotic. It has Pope representing men to enlist for the war in a very encouraging, daring and impatient method. It has Brooke expressing men to enlist for the war in a very subtle not to mention, in a very indirect manner. This is primarily due to it, written in a sonnet form to present how much he adores his country. On the contrary, Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ (1917) is an example of anti-war poetry. Owen detests the war ever since, he had experienced fighting in the battles and was traumatised. Wilfred Owen’s poem displays by reflecting the threat and dismay reality of the war.

In ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ Wilfred Owen intends to instigate strong emotions in the reader to convey how the WW1 was like hell. This differentiates with other poets like, Jessie Pope. As this poem is written aggressively against the war. In the poem, Wilfred Owen had written three stanzas in where; stanza one he had described the sorrow of the soldiers that had to endure the unpleasant experience of warfare. This is best shown when Owen describes the men as ‘Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sledge,’. At first glance, the poem is illustrated almost like a sudden climax, to imply that Owen wants to ponder on what he wants the readers to hear in order to make them act in response. The phrase ‘Bent double, like an old beggar’ has a simile which reinforces it with a powerful use of imagery, to imply that the conditions in the trenches was atrocious, that had led to the soldiers youthfulness and masculinity being demolish...

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... other poets like, Jessie Pope. As mutually, both paint similar themes of Britain that aims to inspire awareness and the patriotic feelings in the readers. Rupert Brooke presents these pleasant imageries through it written in a sonnet form (a love poem). Brooke describes this in the octet of the sonnet, ‘ A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, / Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, ‘ This quote suggests that England is born beautiful; and thus gives its teachings to make up various ways to love ‘her’ and honour her. Rupert Brooke used ‘her’ for the personification of ‘England’ to depict that he considers England as ‘her’ maiden, the one to be praised for, as he has the feelings of patriotism. Nonetheless, Brooke uses the word ‘England’ repeatedly to fortify that he cannot let dear ‘England’ be forgotten, as it is ‘a richer dust concealed’
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