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War Poem Essay

World War One has influenced many poets to write their experiences of war. Dulce et Decorum est, by Wilfred Owen, is a poem about the horrid experiences soldiers went through while they were at war. Owen describes the atrocity of a gas attack and the painful mental anguish that was shown on the soldiers face. Rupert Brook’s, The Soldier, describes the patriotism that supposedly accompanies war. His view of war is that dying for your country is the most honorable act of man. The poems have contrary attitudes towards the life of a soldier and this is shown through poetic devices such as personification and imagery.

Both poems present different views on war. Rupert Brooke, The Soldier, portrays dying for your country as glourious and patriotic. He explains how he is a great man because he fought for his country. This is shown in the second stanza, “There shall be / in that rich earth a richer dust concealed”. It implies that the ground conceals the body of a great man who died for his country. On the contrary the poem Dulce et Decorum est portrays a horrid tone against war. 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. Wilfred Owen uses figurative languages such as personification to portray the horrid truth of war. Owen does this by using words related to pessimism. “Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;”, from th...

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...ication and imagery have a great effect on differentiating the two view points of war. The essay discusses the opposing attitudes of a soldiers life, in which Owen’s poem has a horrid tone and Brooke’s has a patriotic tone. The use of personification which reviews how things have been written to represent certain actions, where Dulce et Decorum est uses pessimistic words and The Soldier uses optimistic words. Finally, the use of imagery in both poems to present diverse images and attitudes of war in the readers head. I believe Wilfred Owen has written the perfect poem to truly and realistically portray the true life of a soldier. The use of imagery and figurative language created an experience as if I was there on the battlefield. He used powerful words which really emphasised the view he was trying to portray, which led me to believe he depicted war most correctly.
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