Wilfred Owen’s war poetry examines the intense and extraordinary human experience of war. His body of work is clearly concerned with unveiling the real atrocities and devastation wreaked by war, as well as elucidating the falsity manifested by war propaganda. Owen’s poem illuminates the severe and debilitating effect war has upon the young, examining the painful way in which these young soldiers were left to die. ’Dulce Et Decorum Est’, subverts traditional perceptions of war as being honourable, by graphically portraying the debilitating and traumatic consequences of war on the young innocent soldiers. This poem is an attack on the government who use propaganda to encourage generations of ‘boys’ to sacrifice their lives for some ‘desperate
The Hags is connected with the word beggers as they both outcasts in society. What's more words like beggers, hags and blood-shod shows what the war has done to the soldiers of war.. Through his use of vivid words and portrayal it makes us understand the effects of war and what it involves. The Stanza continues ‘Till on the haunting flares’, this suggests that the soldiers are possibly disturbed and are being haunted by the flares. The last line further shows the effects of war, the soldiers are deaf to the gas shells dropping right behind them.
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’.
He describes war as atrocious, and explains the cruelty and massacre the soldiers go through. He addresses the reader and advises them that it’s not worth dying at war for quick glory. Owen has shown this by saying, “His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sins;”, which signifies the horror of what they were dealing with. They without doubt have converse portrayals of war. Figurative languages have been used in both poems to portray their experiences at war.
One is the voice of the dead who describe being awoken by the noise of the great guns, the other is God! IN this the message is more abstract because of the way Hardy jokes with us about the war and Gods views on it. Wilfred Owen's poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" was written during his World War I experience. Owen, an officer in the British Army, deeply opposed the intervention of one nation into another. His poem explains how the British press and public comforted themselves with the fact that all the young men dying in the war were dieing noble, heroic deaths.
Owen generates two powerful images aimed at discouraging the mere thought of war by its emotionally distressing descriptions. The way in which Owen moved the images from a general concept to personal illustration by addressing the reader directly, 'If you could hear' ... ... middle of paper ... ...ening circumstance. Owen is, effectively, placing the blame of the war's consequences squarely on the shoulders of the society that supports it. CONCLUSION! 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'.
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.
John Hughes’ critical essay “Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’” supports the idea of the horrors of the war because he believes that soldiers in World War I were often dehumanized by the effects of the war. He states, “At the same time, this reading, in my view, adds a new resonance to the poem 's specification of the horror and the cost of war. My reading will center on the two-line stanza in the middle of the poem where Owen describes the death of his maskless comrade in the gas attack” (Hughes 1). This quote about Hughes’ analysis gives the readers an insight that war is a haunting experience in the mind and the body of the soldiers who have never faced the psychological effects of war. The image of Owen’s dreams about the soldier who suffocated and died in the gas demonstrates a traumatizing
Owen presents us a sarcastic view towards the idea of being honorable to sacrifice for their country and buttresses it with abundant of horrific images. It is a war sonnet that captures the feelings of survivors to those who lost their lives in war. The use of a sonnet creates a sense of intensity in his poem, briefness and portrays the nature of death on a battlefield. Moreover, Owen uses the rhyme scheme of “ababcdcdeffegg” to show the strong division between the lines. The choice of a sonnet allows Owen to convey his message effectively and remain emotional to keep the readers interested.
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.