Compare How ‘Who’s for the Game?’ and ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ Present War and How They Reflect the Authors View Point

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Compare how ‘Who’s for the Game?’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ present war and how they reflect the authors view point. ‘Who’s for the Game?’ was written by Jessie Pope in 1915 (At the beginning of the First World War). Jessie Pope was an English poet who began writing for Punch; between 1902 and 1922 she supplied 170 poems to the magazine. She was a prolific writer of humorous verse, articles, and short stories, which were published in many newspapers including the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Evening Standard, The Queen, and the Westminster Gazette. The purpose of the poem ‘Who’s for the game?’ is to persuade men to become part of the army and fight for England. The main message in this poem is if you join the army then you will …show more content…
The metaphor and alliteration ‘‘Men marched asleep’’ it implies that the war took their lives away and they had no escape. They were so weak that they did not have the strength to fight and the reality of war was too hard and challenging for them. Although both of the poems shows that it is challenging they show it in completely different ways. ‘‘Who’s for the game?’ demonstrates the challenge as a joke. The informal language of “Come along lads” makes it seem quite childish and a joke. The word “lads” creates an image of a male get together at the pub and “Come along” makes it sound like a social event. Owen’s sense of challenge is a lot more realistic and he implies that it is a challenge which is virtually impossible to accomplish; the metaphor “Drunk with fatigue” demonstrates this. The word “drunk” is not what people would usually associate with the war. Also “fatigue” shows that they are tired and that they are innocent men.
‘Who’s for the Game?’ describes war as being heroic where as ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ shows war as a place where all is bad and death is always haunting you. In 'Who's for the game?' the personification and metaphor "Your country is up to her neck in a fight and she's looking and calling for you" shows that war makes you a hero and the fact that it is says "her neck" and "she's looking" describes the country as feminine which makes a man think that the

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