Dulce Et Decorum Est 'And The Soldier' By Wilfred Owen

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‘Dulce et Decorum est’ and ‘The Soldier’ are both war poems which outlines the different perspectives and messages conveyed to the readers. They both
‘Dulce et Decorum est’ by Wilfred Owen explores a real event where he experiences and fights in the front lines of battlefield. It was written in 1917 during WW1, when Owen was hospitalised with a war poet who inspired him to capture the horrific realism of war. Owen’s anti-war perspective developed because of the tragic effects war has on young lives as he has experienced this first-hand and that the memories of battle stay with those that fought. The soldier’s voice draws the audience into the realism and emotions of war also using direct address to engage the readers making his words more captivating. Emotions evoked in his poem are bitterness, horror and sadness, letting the audience experience the true nature of warfare. ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke focuses on a soldier’s loyalty and sentimental patriotism towards his country. Written in 1914, start of WW1, Brooke’s
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Dulce et Decorum est’ portrays a very vivid and visual image of the realism of death and emotions caught at the time while ‘The Soldier’ depicts a strong and positive image of the love and glory of war. The audience are affected emotionally as the images conveyed draw us in and involve and help us understand the situation they’re in. In Owen’s poem, ‘Men marched asleep…Drunk with fatigue’ is an example of metaphor, short sentence, oxymoron and alliteration, providing an image of exhausted soldier like zombies after war, as the readers we feel empathy and remorseful. Examples of images in Brooke’s poem are ‘her sights and sounds; dreams as happy as her day…’ includes simile, alliteration and personification as the soldier reflects on all the wonderful experiences he has gained from England creating a happy and pleasant image of freedom and

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