Analysis Of The Poem ' The Soldier ' By Wilfred Owen Essay

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The First World War caused a change that shifted the style and language of poetry, moving it away from traditional themes to express the loss and despair that came from experiences on the brutal hell-scape of battlefields. The “Great War” saw advancements in mechanized weaponry and the constant bombardment of mortar shells, machine gun fire, and chemical weapon attacks combined with the primitive tactics of trench warfare made for a particularly hopeless situation on the front lines. The Modernist writers that emerged from the romanticized Georgian era were labeled the “lost generation” both in that many had lost their lives during the war and those who survived had lost their faith in empirical politics and in some respect their humanity after witnessing the destructive forces of modern weaponry. The impact of the “Great War” from Romanticism to Modernism can be seen through an analysis of “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke, who expresses Georgian pre-war attitudes touting the patriotic rhetoric of sacrifice and love for the country, and “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen who exposes the horrific realities of life and death on the battlefield. Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Soldier” expresses the patriotic ideologies prior to World War I. Brooke is considered a Georgian poet and he adheres to the traditional form of the sonnet in “The Soldier.” The sonnet is in general a love poem and this is certainly that, as the poem touts a love for country. It presents a…

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