`` Dulce Et Decorum Est, By Wilfred Owen And Harry Patch Essay

1625 Words Sep 13th, 2016 7 Pages
War is something that is usually not related to poetry because it is viewed in a negative light. However, war could be considered poetry in motion. Every moment in battle is unique in its own way. When a poet writes about a war-related occurrence, it becomes a beautiful piece of art. The two poems discussed are “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “Harry Patch (In Memory of)” by the rock band Radiohead. These two poems have one common theme -- war.
Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” which translates to “It is sweet and right” is a poem about a proud soldier and his perspective during a nighttime battle in World War One (WWI). The platoon of soldiers is moving on the front from one location of the trenches to the next for safe haven from enemy attacks. While crossing through the trenches, they are hit with a gas bomb which causes nervous chaos amongst this group of soldiers who are seeking protection from the poisonous threat. One of the soldiers does not make it to safety in time, gets hit, and falls behind. The speaker details this soldier slowly slipping away to his death from the devastating gas. The second poem “Harry Patch (In Memory of)” by the rock band Radiohead commemorates a former war veteran, Harry Patch. The lyrics from this song paint a different picture of tragic death that occurred in battle. The central theme is still about war, but the lyrics honor this soldier who was part of an ambush from World War One.
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