In this essay I’m going to compare the language, of the poem “Dulce es Decorum Est” and “The Send Off”.
Even if both poems are war poems and both are written by the same author (Wilfred Owens) the two poems both have similarities and differences.
“The send off” tells of a group of soldiers who are being sent off to the Front. No one knows, or really cares about them and the poet is sure that most of them will be killed or, if they do return, they will have been changed forever by their experiences. When they return, there are so few of them that they creep back – almost ashamed – rather than come back to cheers, as they should. The soldiers try to put a brave face on what is happening. While “Dulce and Decorum Est” tell us about soldiers in WW1 returning from the Front when gas shells drop behind them. One of the soldiers doesn’t get his gas mask on in time and suffers a horrific death as the poisonous fumes burn his lungs. Wilfred Owen recounts an actual experience, which includes the fact that the soldiers were exhausted and had to throw the soldier onto a wagon to try to get him back to the rest area. “The send off” and “Dulce ET Decorum Est” both rhyme, the rhyme scheme of the send off is ABAABCDCCB… “ Way, shed, gay, spray, dead…”while the rhyme scheme of “Dulce and Decorum Est” is ABAB “Sacks, sludge, backs, trudge…” Furthermore both poems use similes even if there are more similes in “Dulce es Decorum Est” to make the reader more aware of the horrific situation but at the same time these similes describe the pathetic and disorganized conditions of the soldiers in war. Owens uses similes to express a word as a figure of speech- “Knock-kneed, coughing like hags” is used to recount the reader the horrific conditions of the soldiers in war they were treated like animals, never having abundant time to rest. While in “The Send Off” there is only one simile: “So secretly, like wrongs hushed-up, they went.” This simile is used to describe the men going to war, to fulfill their destine and to fight for their country until death. No metaphors are used in neither of the poems, but enjambment are used a lot of times in both poems to let the reader create tension until he reads the next verses. The author uses an “enjambment” to delay the intention of the line until the following line and thus play on the expectation of the reader and surprise them. In “ Dulce ET Decorum Est” Owens states at the end of the poem “ The old lie;” “Dulce ET Decorum est pro patria mori” while in “The Send Off” Owen states: “May creep back, silent, to still village wells
” “Up half-known roads.” Between these four verses there is suspense.
In “The Send Off” there is one oxymoron that states that the women and companions of the men are “with faces grimly gay”, this may have a double meaning: this might be that the women and the people are pretending to be happy to not discourage the men, which are going to join their destine: death or this may mean that the women and passengers are very deluded, depressed and scared. Owen uses oxymoron to call attention to an apparent contradiction. In fact the oxymoron grimly gay highlights the contradiction between how the soldiers feel and how they act: though they put on a brave face and act cheerful, they feel grim. While there is no oxymoron in the poesy “Dulce ET Decorum Est” but there is a wide range of onomatopoeia used in “Dulce and Decorum Est” to convey the meaning of a verse through its very sound. Owens says, “Come gargling, guttering….” as an oxymoron.
Both these poems were written in the First World War and are by the author Wilfred Owen. Both poems suggest that the men often died in battle therefore very few returned home, and the majority of the men who returned to their home were often injured, mentally or physically. Both poems mention death in lots of occasions to emphasize the fact that war is a disgusting and preposterous thing to do and in war lots of blood is spilled. Owens...
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