There are Many Enemies in War
World War One poets were normally split into two schools of thought; Pro war and Anti- war. The Pro war poets were often used as recruitments as they told of the glory of war and made it seem like it would be easy and pleasant to fight for the war. Anti war poets told more or less the truth about war although the authors were very angry and you can see this in a lot of their poetry. The 4 poems I’m writing about are called “Dulce et Decorum est” and “Disabled” By Wilfred Owen, “Blighters” and “The General” By Siegfried Sassoon who both wrote anti war poetry and all four poems are very bitter about the enemies of war, these poets think the enemies of war are the adults who are telling men to go to war then calling them cowards if the men say that they are afraid even though the adults are being very hypocritical because they themselves are not volunteering, vanity is also an enemy of war as is the blind patriotism and ignorance of the general public. Dulce et Decorum est is part of the Latin quote from Horace 65-8 BC “Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori” which means it is sweet and honourable to die for your country. Owen disagrees with this statement, and uses vivid imagery to show the reader the excruciating death of a soldier “And floundering like a man in fire or lime”, Owen also show us how the other soldiers look so tired and old” Bent double like old beggars under sacks” “men marched asleep”. He is trying to put people off going to war for the wrong reasons, like going because a girl said you’d look good in uniform. In Disabled however Owen is not focusing on the actual war, he focuses more on a man who rushed blindly into becoming a soldier for Glory, vanity and “for his Meg”, but came out with less than he had before: no girlfriend or wife, no one paying attention to him, loss of limbs making him reliant on people who flinch away from his disability. He tells the reader what town used to be like from the injured...
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