Poetry Essay Based on the Theme of Conflict.

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World War I is known as one of the greatest wars in history. Many soldiers in World War I expressed their thoughts and feelings in poetry. Two famous poems are ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘The Soldier; by Rupert Brooke. Both men present the theme of conflict in their poetry however the poems are the complete opposite of one another. Although they both present conflict they both have very different views on the subject. Owen presents conflict as nothing but pure horror and thinks that it should not be witnessed by innocent eyes. However Brooke presents conflict as something that is patriotic. He thinks it’s his duty to repay his country with his life; therefore conflict is something you should be prepared to experience. ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ shows the real truth about war. It makes us aware of the true horrors that people experienced and shows us that conflict is a horrific thing. The use of the simile “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” gives us, the reader, an image of people that are not big, strong and brave soldiers. We imagine soldiers as heroes and even though they appear to be weak and struggling, soldiers never deserve the title “beggars.” The use of the adjective “old” shows that the men aren’t in a fit condition to fight in the war and are struggling. By choosing the noun “beggars” the writer gives us an impression that the lack of respect these soldiers are given is huge, when they should have the utmost respect as they are risking their own lives for their country. The soldiers in World War 1 were extremely overtired and overworked. “Coughing like hags we cursed through sludge” The simile used in the second line of the poem depicts an image of men with absolutely no energy, who are exhausted and unhappy. The use of the word “sludge” infers that the conditions they were working in were truly horrific. The use of the 1st person plural ‘we’ shows that Owen experienced this horror full on and makes...
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