Essay about Dulce Et Decorum Est Comparison with Who's for the Game

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Comparing and Contrasting Poetry

The poems I have chosen to compare in this essay are Wilfred Owen's “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and Jessie Pope's “Who's For The Game?”. The two poems I have chosen to compare are both about the first world war. Yet the two poems have very different opinions on the Great War. My first poem, Dulce et decorum, is against the war and the injustice of it all. It is narrated by one of the soldiers who is fighting in the Great War and having to face the horrors of war. On the contrary my second poem, Who's for the game, is a recruitment poem.

My first poem is set out in several blocks, it makes the poem resemble more to an essay. The lines tend to be long. However the poet adds some short sentences such as:
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On the contrary Pope doesn't use as much alliteration in her poem however she does use it in such sentences as:
“seat in stand”
Pope uses alliteration in this sentence as the 's' makes the poem sound smoother and not as harsh this creates a pleasant atmosphere and makes the poem easier to read and listen to.

Dulce et decorum est is set in the present tense to show everybody reading or listening that this is what is happening right now to all those people who eagerly went off to fight for glory and honour. On the other hand Pope wrote her poem in the future to show all her readers that this is what you could become if you take this once in a lifetime opportunity, it makes reader think about what he could be and not what he is now.

Similarly both the poems use a lot of punctuation however they do not create the same effect as the context and layout are very different. Owen's poem uses a lot of punctuation to make the reader stop at every punctuation mark so they can take in all the detail the poet is giving us. In contrast Pope uses a lot of punctuation because it makes her poem have short, easy, memorable sentences.

The mood of the poem that Wilfred Owen wrote is sad because of all the unnecessary and terrible deaths the men at the front suffered, serious because this poem has a very serious message in it and rebellious against the higher authorities for knowing what is happening and still continuing for their own greed. On the other hand Pope's poem has a

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