In the essay I am going to compare and contrast the way in which different attitudes to war are presented in the poems ‘Dulce et Decorum est’. And ‘Vitai Lampada’. Both poem are a bout war but they are wrote in completely different ways.
Firstly, Wilfred Owen wrote a poem named Dulce et Decorum. Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 in Owestry, Shropshire and he died in 1918. Dulce et Decorum was written in 1917. Wilfred Owen enlisted for the war in 1915 and trained in England until the end of 1916. In 1917 he was posted to France to fight where he was often in the trenches. Wilfred Owen suffered shell shock and was sent to Craig Lockhart hospital near Edinburgh. This is where he wrote many of his poems about war after having first hand experience of it. His shell shock could have influenced why he wrote about dreams, nightmares and sleep in his poem. He saw the pain that the dying soldiers were in at the hospital and many brutalities of war. His poems are strongly anti-war. It was known for soldiers to drown in the mind; he makes reference to the sludge; He also despites how the smart uniforms are now like sacks and how their feet are caked in blood and mud because ‘many have lost their boots’. They are barely awake from the lack of sleep and are physically and mentally drained.
In October 1917 Wilfred Owen wrote to his mother from Craig Lockhart, ‘here is a gas poem, done yesterday… the famous Latin tag (from Horace, Odes) means of course it is sweet and meet to die for ones country.
The title is ironic. The intention was not so much to indulge pity as a shock, especially civilians at home who believed war was noble and glorious. It comprises for unequal stanza, the first two in sonnet form, and the last two looser in structure.
Stanza 1 sets the scene. The soldiers are limping back from the front, an appalling picture expressed through the smile and metaphor. Such as the men’s bad Condition...
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