War Poetry: ¡§Dulce Et Decorum Est¡¨ and ¡§The Soldier¡¨
2) Compare and contrast the way two writers have approached a similar subject
Poems regarding the subject of war typically fall into one of two categories, ones that idealise and glorify war and ones that highlight the horror and cruelty of war. ¡§The Soldier¡¨ by Rupert Brooke belongs to the first category, and ¡§Dulce Et Decorum Est¡¨ by Wilfred Owen belongs to the second. Even though the compositions of these two poems are both based on the same subject - war, the composers tried to convey very different ideas, views and messages, through very different approaches.
Through ¡§Dulce Et Decorum Est¡¨, Wilfred Owen revealed the horrendous nature of war. In order to strip war of it¡¦s apparent glory, Owen featured the utter degradation of war as the predominant idea, and approached this in the most disturbing and yet effective way possible ¡V through the graphical description of an individual soldier suffering from a painful death. The start of the poem introduced a dark, haunting picture of a group of men so damaged by the war that even the ¡§tired, outstripped¡¨ bombs can hardly penetrate their fatigued consciousness. They are ¡§drunk with fatigue¡¨ ¡§lame¡¨ ¡§blind¡¨ and ¡§blood-shod¡¨. There is nothing glamorous, heroic or patriotic in this initial scene. The focus then moves to an individual who was so weary that he could not get his gas mask on in time during a gas attack. Now the poem concentrates on the utter horror that overcomes him. The gas penetrates his lungs and disintegrates them so that his death is a terrible spectacle. The quote - ¡§The blood comes gargling from froth-corrupted lungs.¡¨ gave the readers a disturbing sight of the incredible pain that the soldier suffered before his death. Through this horrifying account filled with powerful imageries, Owen successfully exposed the horror of war at its worst. In the last few sentences he made his final message clear, 'My friend,...
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