I have selected three poems, The Soldier, by Rupert Brooke, Dulce et
Decorum Est, and Anthem for Doomed Youth, both written by Wilfred Owen.
Compare how these poems show the horrors of World War 1.
To compare the ways in which these poems display the horrors of war. I
have selected three poems, "The Soldier", by Rupert Brooke, "Dulce et
Decorum Est", and "Anthem for Doomed Youth", both written by Wilfred
Owen. I chose "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce et Decorum Est"
because they are very similar and show the horrors of the war. On the
other hand, I chose "The Soldier" because it is a complete contrast
and is about the remembrance of the soldiers, who are portrayed as
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born on March 18, 1893. He was abroad
teaching until he visited a hospital for the wounded, he then decided
to return to England in 1915 and enlisted. Owen was injured in March
1917 and was sent home. By august 1917 he was considered fit for duty
and he then returned to the front lines. Just seven days before the
Armistice he was shot dead by a German machine gun attacker. Owen was
only twenty-five years old.
The title "Dulce et Decorum Est" is part of a Latin saying, Dulce et
decorum est Pro patria mori, which means it is sweet and fitting to
die for one's country. But using this title it makes the poem seem as
if it is going to glorify the war and all the people who fought for
England in it. Owen writes from experience and from within a group of
soldiers. He shows this by using inclusive words like "we". Owen
writes, "we cursed through the sludge". He also uses the word "our"
and writes, "And towards our distant rest beg...
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On the other hand "Dulce et Decorum Est" is just a poem. "The Soldier"
has an instruction and how to honour the deceased soldiers.
"Dulce et Decorum Est" is a first hand experience of life on the front
lines, in contrast to "The Soldier" which is from Rupert Brooke's mind
as he never fought in the war.
"The Soldier" may have given families of soldiers hope, in
contradiction to "Dulce et Decorum Est" which may have caused vast
amounts of controversy and hatred towards Wilfred Owen.
In studying the poems and comparing them there is a final conclusion.
Wilfred Owens poems have a tendency to be more explicit and striking,
while Rupert Brooke glorifies the war and the soldiers who fought in
it. This is because Wilfred Owen was strongly against war and felt
that people who were supporters of the war should understand what they
had to go through.
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