Comparison of Two Death Oriented Poems

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English B Essay
anonymous
Ms.Carty

Essay Questions
1. Explain the situation in each poem in which there is needless loss of life. (8mks) 2. Say what techniques each poet uses to stir your emotions in response to that loss of life.(9mks) 3. Say which of the two poems you feel make the more convincing protest.(8mks)

Both of the poems “Dulce de decorum Est” and “The woman speaks to the man who employs her Son” are protests against violence and the cruel waste of young lives in society. In this essay I will break down main aspects of the two poems in order to fully understand the deep content of them. The poem “Dulce de decorum Est” is a poem in which the poet protests against violence and the cruel waste of young lives in society. The name translates in English-“sweet and honourable it is to die for one\'s country” this statement here is quite a misconception, it may seem that it is noble or brave for a young man to go out and fight for his country but people often do not know the horrific reality of war. The poet fought in this war and saw the dreads of it. The sole purpose of him writing this poem is to expose to the public that it is not as it seems, to show that it is far from sweet to die for one’s country although it may seem so. Stanzas 2 and 3 demonstrate the disturbing reality of a soldier dying a gruesome death. The poet shows the panic and indignity of war by his use of diction using crucial words such as “choking” and “guttering” these show the reader the intense horror and agony these young men face. The poet wants people to know that there is nothing “sweet” or “honourable” about his death as they throw him into the cart as he died a miserable painstaken death.

The poem “The woman speaks to the man who employs her Son” also protests about the wastage of young lives. In this poem it is the mother who is protesting, this is because her son whom she had high hopes of that she had raised twice herself as a mother and as a father, has...
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