Both poets swirl around the idea of death in the name of ones country, in this case England in the World War 1 era, but this example serves different purposes in the two poems. Owen uses a graphic example where he remorsefully describes the death caused by a gas attack, exposing to his readers that war is an ugly, brutal and detestable encounter. Yet Brooke uses a different approach, and expresses that not only is it every man’s duty to fight and die for his country to preserve perfection, but once dead, the ashes shall physically enrich the already ‘rich’ soil “In that rich earth, a richer dust concealed”. And all ‘English’ values that the motherland bore will live on in one form or another. This way Brooke tries to convince that there is a deeper meaning to what lies on the surface of war.
Despite his patriotic view, he has repeated the danger of an early death in his poem, proving he is fully aware of war's horrors. Owen has shown war as being gruesome. His poem describes the war through the senses, which allows readers enter the shoes of Wilfred Owen, and understand war's tragedy. He believes that 'sweet and proper to die for your country' is a lie, unlike Tennyson. Alfred Tennyson's poem was based on a newspaper article that has made the poem biased and patriotic.
By use of gripping words and vivid descriptions, Owen paints incredible pictures of what World War I was really like. He tears away the glory and drama and reveals the real essence of fighting: fear, torture, and death. No longer are we left with good feelings and pretty phrases like "Liberty and justice for all!" Instead, our hearts grieve over what these soldiers had to suffer through. Every line of the poem rebuts the Roman poet Horace's quotation: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori--It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country."
During his time in war he wrote many powerful poems; the conditions they lived in and how futile it was. During war propagandists publicised war as daring and heroic, encouraging families to send their sons to join the army. The glorification of war is reflected in the Latin notion; ‘Dulce et decorum est propatria mori’ meaning it is sweet and noble to die for ones country. Owen illustrates this by labelling it as the ‘old lie’. Men were tricked into war considering that after war, they may have a chance of having possessions such as fame and riches.
Wilfred Owen's extremely powerful poem, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' thoroughly criticises the ideology of war being 'a sweet and glorious way to die, fighting for one's country'. The combination of vivid imagery and poetic devices work to evoke a horrible anti-war feeling in the reader and encourage them to act and cease the on-going violence in the world. With powerful imagery and simple language, Owen allows the poem to be understood by the public at large so as to influence as many people as possible. The power of ideology is revealed and skilfully condemned by Owen's masterful writing of poetry and war is appropriately presented as the hideous thing it is.
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 all ... ... middle of paper ... ...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.
The contrast with the first stanza's violence makes the reader see the different aspects of war - what happens on the battlefield, and what happens at home. Owen's poem, 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is more appealing to me because it deals with two contrasting realities of war. His first stanza highlights the wastefulness of war (deaths of young soldiers) while the second stanza, the mourning for the dead. His sarcastic and later quiet tone reinforce the stark contrast between the different aspects of war. He uses powerful imagery and onomatopoeia to achieve the desired effects that make the poem more realistic.
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.
In addition to Crane's use of rhetorical devices such as imagery and emotion-evoking syntax to describe the horrid battle field and the pain the bereaved individuals feel, the poem's sarcastic tone is ultimately established through Crane's use of irony. Though the poem is written in free verse, Crane meticulously arranges his verses and stanzas so that descriptive sentences about the tragedy of war are followed by the recurring ph... ... middle of paper ... ... in order to survive the system. In addition to the topic of absurdity, Heller also makes statements regarding the jarring realities of war, as Stephen Crane has in “War is Kind”. Though the novel's primary focus is satire, as the story progresses and many of Yossarian's friends die tragic and often grotesque ways, Heller makes no attempt at mitigating the severity of their deaths as he describes in full detail the episodes in which they are killed. Yossarian is even asked by doctors to pretend to be the deceased son of a family who has come to visit: “All you've got to do is lie there a few minutes and die a little.
Protest riots take place in Rome and Turin and there are intimations that the war is becoming a stalemate, the army disillusioned; ”there was a great contrast between his world pessimism and personal cheeriness” (127), the prospects of victory evaporating; ”the war could not be much worse” (129). In Book III Henry says (175): ”I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, sacrifice and the expres... ... middle of paper ... ...aught you off base they killed you” (314). Henry sees clearly the tight connection between love and war, as shown when he compares the dying of his beloved with the dying of his combat friends: ”Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo. Or gave you the syphilis like Rinaldi. But they killed you in the end.