The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Thesis: There are several differences between Brooke and his poem and Owen and his poem.
1.) Owen vs. Brooke
2.) Owen’s Poem vs. Brooke’s Poem
3.) Owen’s opinion of the war vs. Brooke’s opinion of the war 4.) Conclusion
Both of these poems took place during World War I. This was a very dark and gloomy time period. Though both of these poems are very different they are both true of the war. There are many differences between Rupert Brooke and his poem entitled, “The Soldier,” and Wilfred Owen’s poem entitled, “Dulce et Decorum Est.”
Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and died in 1918 in combat. He volunteered for the war, was injured and then put in the hospital. After he recuperated he went back into combat and died in action. Rupert Brooke was born in 1887 and died in 1915. However, Mr. Brooke unwillingly volunteered and died by a mosquito bite on the first day.
Wilfred Owen’s poem was about how real the war really was. But Rupert Brooke’s poem portrayed the war to be patriotic. Both of these poems were correct in their own minds. However, in the real world standing Owen is the one I believe we would side with.
Wilfred Owen’s opinion in the beginning was pro-war, but in the end he realized how terrible the war really was, he also wanted the people back home to realize it too. However, Brooke didn’t want to have anything to do with the war at all, as it turns out his girlfriend’s opinion overruled his. He portrayed it to be patriotic, but he also wasn’t in the war but one day.
In conclusion, what can be gathered from both of these poems is this: there can be several different opinions about one thing or one thought. Yet all of them can be either right or wrong. But only one can be applied to one’s life.
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