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‘voices of the great war’ Geoff Barton – war and language Examples
Jessie Pope – who’s in for the game and Wilfred Owen- ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ Question:
How and why do the text differ and how would they be interpreted by different readers? Focus of the Text
The focus of this written task was to show understanding of war language and how this language works. For example there are a couple of things that often recur in war language such as metaphors and simile. However, these two stylistic devices can be used in both a positive (Jessie Pope) and a negative (Wilfred Owen) way. This causes the perception the audience gets from the poem to be different.
Comparing ‘Who’s in for the game’ with ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’
In the time of the first world war there were several writers and poets that dedicated their time and effort to writing poems, either to send a message about the importance of war, or to fight against the war. Of course different writers had different writing styles, however poems of that time are still recognizable as war poems for a number of reasons. Even though the characteristics of a war poem are present in both the poems of Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen they hold exceptionally opposing views. It is interesting to know that the poem of Wilfred Owen is a reaction on the highly patriotic poetry of Jessie Pope. But the question is, how and why do the two war poems ‘who’s in for the game’ and ‘dulce et decorum est’ differ and how does this affect the readers interpretation? First of all the message of the poems are completely opposing. These diverse messages are conceived through the difference in writing style of the two poets. While Jessie Pope almost claims that war is fun and people should come and ‘join the game’, Wilfred Owen tries to convince people that being in war is like living in hell, rather than having fun, and that no one deserves to live like that,...
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