Compare and Contrast All Quiet on the Western Front and Dulce et Decorum est.

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The poem "Dulce et decorum est" by Wilfred Owen has a lot In common with "All Quiet on the Western Front." By Erich Remarque although
Remarque never fought in the 1st World War.

The Imagery in the prose is more detailed as it has more time to describe everything "The fields are flat." Some people think that this is better and it gives it a bit more feeling. Were as in the poem,
Owen uses lots of short hard hitting words such as "Obscene as cancer"
The poem gives a much more immediate effect in a shorter space of time. The imagery in the poem is quick and dramatic.

The titles of the pieces are ironic "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "dulce et Decorum est" which means it is fitting and right. In the
Poem everything is
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"Gas! Gas!
Quick boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling" and "Gas-Gaas-Gaaas-Pass it on."
Towards the end of stanza two it slows down as if in a dream

"Misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea,

I saw him drowning"

Owen uses fewer words that Remarque so they use different diction.
"Bitter as the cud" is from "Dulce et Decorum est" which coincides with the syntax. The effect of this is very powerful. The syntax is disjointed and very clipped. When the pace is quick the syntax is short and when it is slow and instructive the syntax is long. In "All
Quiet on the Western Front" the syntax doesn't change too much. It has time to describe the surroundings, time scale and people involved.

There is no doubt that both writers are anti war. In the poem Owen tells the public how to behave. He points the finger and gives the piece moral overtones. The tone is imperative you 2nd person is powerful "you would not tell with such high zest." The piece of prose is also anti war because nobody could condone the details he gives us.
Remarque is non-judgmental and not disapproving. He is only reporting and sympathising but never lets his feelings get involved. He wants the reader to get involved and make a decision but he tries to push you towards anti war thinking. Owen's stanzas 1 and 2 are the nearly the same as the piece of prose. The poem is vitriolic and shows this with the words "obscene as cancer" which is a powerful word. The other

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