Compare the Presentation of War in the Poems 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Icarus Allsorts"

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Compare the Presentation of War in the poems ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, by Wilfred Owen and ‘Icarus Allsorts’, by Roger McGough.
Dulce et Decorum est was written by Wilfred Owen and Icarus Allsorts was written by Roger McGough. Dulce was written during WW1. Wilfred Owen wrote this poem while he was in a military hospital. In the poem Owen reveals the chilling truth about what WW1 was really like. Icarus was written in the tension of the Cold War. In the poem Roger McGough turns a very serious (fake) event into a joke. Dulce was written in 1917 and published in 1920. It was written to show that Jessie Pope’s poem ‘Who’s for the Game’ was a whole pot of lies. Icarus Allsorts was written in 1964. It was written to get residents of planet Earth
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Also the rich are described as “drunken carol singers” this suggests they are on the floor dead in a heap. The message about war in Dulce is ironic (it is NOT sweet and fitting to die for your country.) “His hanging face like a devils sick of sin”, this simile means that the “hanging face” of this man/solder is so sick and disgusting it is worse then one of the devils punishments. This refers to the message about war as if you see sick and disgusting things in war it is obviously not sweet and fitting to die for your country.
Even though there are not many similarities in Dulce and Icarus there are many differences. First of all the tone and mood of both poems are completely different. The tone/mood in Icarus is humours “Civil defence volunteers with their tin hats in one hand and their heads in other.” This is black humour. A civil defence volunteer refers to civilians who have volunteered to defend their country in war. “With their tin hats in one hand and their heads in the other,” means that the civil defence volunteers have had their heads blown of. We laugh at this even though it is serious. When we read this now in 2012 where there is little threat of nuclear war we laugh at funny quotations about people’s heads being blown off, but if you were reading this back in the time of

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