COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE SOLDIER AND DULCE ET DECORUM EST
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Poems regarding the subject of war usually fall into one of two categories. For example ones like The Soldier by Robert Brook actually praise and glorify war, but in comparison, poems like Dulce Et Decorum Est¨ by Wilfred Owen, highlight the horror and cruelty of war. Even though two poems talk about the same subject - war, the writers have very different ideas, views and opinions. Whether or not it is right to die for your country, both poets are sure their stance is correct.
then start writing about Wilfred owen and dulce est decorum est In both poems the poets use of language is crucial to their effectiveness. In Dulce Et Decorum Est¨, Wilfred Owen shows the terrible nature of war. In order to strip war of its false glory –‘that age old lie’ In writing The soldier., Brooke is more dream like, but in comparison Dulce Et Decorum Est is graphic and bitter. Wilfred Owens vivid images shock the reader . He uses lines like ‘He plunges at me guttering choking’.
This stunning imagery is reinforced by the poets use of onomatopoea; which portrays the dark, bitter tone of the poem. Words such as ‘writhing’, sludge’ and ‘trudge’ all show a sense of resentment from the poet. and its negativeness compared to The soldier continues the bitter tone. Lines such as ‘knock-kneed’, ‘coughing like hags’, help convey this message. Compared to the soldier, Dulce Et Decorum Est is very emotional, because of its realism. ‘if you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from froth corrupted lungs’. We can see through the eyes of the author how terrifying and devasting war is. Rupert Brooke takes a totally different view on the war. Only for the title, you may not have even known it was a war poem –the soldier, In The Soldier the imagery is much more thoughtful, and there is no sense of the horror in the scenes Brooks describes, compared to Owens poem. In contrast Brookes writes that it is an honour to die for England. The horror which is spelt out in Dulce et Decorum Est is not implied in The soldier. Both poems emphasise the difference between the picture presented and the reality, and the reality is death. ‘The Soldier’ poem revels in the fact that fighting in war for the sole purpose of defending one’s country is memorable, therefore encouraging the act “And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given”. On the other hand, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ reveals the cold truth about war with resentment, therefore discouraging the act “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori”. There are various differences between both poems, While ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ conveys the ruthless reality of war and mocks the very act of patriotic death, Brooke uses ‘The Soldier’ to stress it is an honour to die for your country. Both poets’ use ‘death’ for different purposes in the two poems. Owen uses a graphic example where he describes the death caused by a gas attack, exposing to his readers and pro-war poets that war is an ugly, brutal and discusting act. Yet Brooke uses a different approach, and believes that not only is it every man’s duty to fight and die for his country, but once dead, the ashes shall physically enrich the already ‘rich’ soil “In that rich earth, a richer dust concealed”. This way Brooke tries to convince us that there is a deeper meaning to what lies on the surface of war. Heaven or hell. Owen uses ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ to show war as pure hell, describing the devil over the gassed man. In contrast, Brooke uses ‘The Soldier’ to convey ‘England’ rather like ‘heaven’, and that it is right to defend such land in war. ones country, in this case ‘England’ Alliteration is used in both poems effectively to establish rhythm and reinforce the...
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