Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played,
The red crashing game of a fight?
Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid?
And who thinks he’d rather sit tight?
Wilfred Owen - Extract from Dulce et Decorum Est
"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori:
mors et fugacem persequitur virum
nec parcit inbellis iuventae
poplitibus timidove tergo."
"How sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country:
Death pursues the man who flees,
spares not the hamstrings or cowardly backs
Of battle-shy youths."
Contrast of the two poems
- Jessie Pope supports the war, Who's for the game. This could mean game as in fun, or game as in shooting (shooting the 'game' or the 'germans' - Wilfred Owen had experience of the war and his poem put it in a very bad light.
Why were they written
- Jessie Pope encourages soldiers- uses propoganda
- Wilfred Owen tries to get across the truth of the war, not what everyone was being told.
they present two different arguments of World War One. Jessie is the pro war patriotic citizen who encourages. And Wilfred being the one with first hand experience of the horrors of battle. Theres a lot to say because Jessie is female and thus never see's war (some women did as nurses - get some poems from them because they are quite interesting). Wilfred provides a lot more thoughtful and reflective pieces were as Jessie is very playful and at times mocking, their writing styles are also completely opposite Jessie uses a lot of quatrains and sistets an Wilfred often uses stanzas of lengthy verses. 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...