Human beings have been fighting in wars for thousands of years, yet the horrific and life changing events that come along with war are still not anything a soldier, no matter how brave, can prepare for. Soldiers are expected to do what they are told and keep their emotions to themselves. Keeping these emotions inside can be the hardest part of war, and for some, their biggest fear is showing they are actually afraid. In the poems “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke, and “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, the authors have two very different views of war. Rupert Brooke, who never experienced war himself, writes patriotic poems and glorifies dying in honor of one’s country. In contrast, Wilfred Owen, who started writing poetry as part of his therapy for shell shock, writes about the senseless killing and traumatic events he and many other soldiers faced. In the famous poem “The Soldier”, Rupert Brooke captures the sense of love for ones country. Rather than focusing on the horrors of war and dying in battle, the author glorifies fighting for England, which is personified as a mother figure in the following passage. Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. (9-14)
Brooke uses words that have positive connotations, such as dreams, happy, laughter, gentleness, and peace, which give the poem a calm, soothing, and gentle feeling. Brooke describes soldiers dying for England without any gory details, and instead with pride and in honor of their country. Brooke does not portray the true dreadfulness of war like Wilfred Owen’s realistic poem, “Dulce Et Decorum Est”. Owen calls “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, meaning how sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country, “The old Lie”. Having been through war himself, Owen believes many people have a misconception about war being glorious, and he certainly does not romanticize...
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