In this poem “Dulce et decorum Est”, Owen portrays the deadly effects of conflict through the use of metaphor: “as under a green sea, I saw him drowning”. Here, he describes the pain of the gas attack. The word “drowning” has connotation of death as it implies that Owen was “helpless” when he “saw” his friend ‘drowning’ in the “green sea”. Perhaps, it suggests that how dangerous and deadly the “green sea” could cause and the horrific nature of war. The word “sea” has connotation of vast as it states the range of the gas attack is broad. Also, it might suggest that the gas attack is perilous and unpredictable. Owen uses this gruesome and grisly image to emphasize it is not sweet and honorable to die for one’s country.
In essence, these two poems are drastically different works of art. "Dulce et Decorum est" is a more graphical and relational work compared to the latter, as you go on a journey as a soldier who gets to experience traumatic and graphic events, it begins to alter what you think about war and conflict. As you read on, it gives you graphical wording to prove that the saying "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" is a misrepresentation of actual war. After reading, the underlying message becomes apparent, it wants you to alter your current perceptions about war and how pointless they really are. In contrast, "The Things that Make a Soldier Great" aims to clear up what soldiers really go to war for, they are not there for "The pomp and pride of kings" but only when you "Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run—You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.", soldiers fight to protect their homes, not their kings. The poem aims to glorify soldiers and certain aspects of war, it goes on to prove that in reality there really isn 't good vs bad on the battlefield, it 's just a man who "sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call, And only death can stop him now—he 's fighting for them all.", and this is our hidden meaning.
World War 1 was depicted with many contrasting perspectives. It was regarded as both a glorious and credible cause and as a barbaric battle which devastated lives and souls. This analysis will compare two poems written with completely different intentions. Who’s for the game? is written by Jessie Pope and Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen; the former patriotic, encouraging men to fight for their countries, and the latter in complete contrast, exposing the harsh brutality of war soldiers endured. Both have the same theme of war, but conflicting attitudes, language and messages cause the two to be completely different. This is to be expected, of course, as Dulce Et Decorum Est was directed to Pope in response to Who’s for the Game?.
During World War 1, a poet and soldier named Wilfred Owen wrote multiple poems about what happened around him during the war and his views on it, his view on war was completely different to others such as For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon. Owen shows what the reality of war is and explains what he has seen during the war. Firstly the way he describes war as, Secondly what the soldiers have to deal with during the war, thirdly what the effects on the families and friends of the soldiers.
World War 1 definitely caused a shift in the way war stories were written, which is exemplified by Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” compared to Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est.” “The Charge of the Light Brigade” tends to focus on glorifying the soldiers that bravely battled and gave their lives for a cause, while “Dulce Et Decorum Est” questions why soldiers are praised and even encouraged to go to war. The language used in “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is more positive and uplifting, which is shown when he writes, “Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell” (l. 23-25). While the subject of this line is bleak, telling of how soldiers headed straight towards their deaths, the
Through both of his poems, Dulce Et Decorum Est and Disabled, Owen clearly illustrates his feeling about war. Both of them convey the same meaning that war destroyed people’s lives. For Dulce Et, Decorum Est, it mainly illustrates soldier’s life during war, the dreadfulness of war, whereas, Disabled illustrates how war have damaged soldier’s life. Also, the saying that said that war it is lovely and honorable to die for your country is completely against his point of view. Owen conveys his idea through graphically describing his horrible experiences in war.
War is a transformative event due to the people at first believing war is exciting opportunity that they should not miss out but later it seemed to be frightening and gloomy which changed them emotionally as well they may get injured and transform the physically. As said by Stefan Zweig in The World of Yesterday which is about Austrians excitement of going into WWI, “the young people were honestly afraid that they might miss this most wonderful and exciting experience of their lives; that is why they shouted and sang in the trains that carried them to the slaughter”(Document H). At first it shows how excited everyone was but then they experience war which causes them to realise that war is not a great time but it is a horrific event that will
Good morning today I will present a speech explaining the damage war causes and how soldiers are negatively affected. The poems illustrate the horrible pain and flashing memories that just keep on a flashback with the soldiers forever, it is like a nightmare that is forever lasting which have been an issue for a long time. The two poems selected are The charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Dulce et Decorum EST by Milford Owen. The speech will also show the different language device and the effect it has.
World War I was a time of great suffering and turmoil resulting in millions of deaths, loss of property and social instability. Europe was devastated after the war: 8 million soldiers died, the culture of every European nation was in jeopardy and governments struggled to maintain stability (Wilde, 2014). Wilfred Owen, a soldier himself, had experienced the dreadfulness of World War Ion a first-hand basis. His poem Dulce Et Decorum Est is an attempt to represent the helplessness and confusion which he and his comrades faced when they were trapped in a gas attack as shown in the lines “Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue” (Owen, 1920). Though the soldiers are exhausted both physically and mentally, they are forced to march on through the wreckage in the midst of a constant shower of explosives indicated by the lines “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge” and “deaf even to the hoots of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.” The exhausted and miserable states of these men also represent the
Wilfred Owen was one of the main English poets of World War 1, whose work was gigantically affected by Siegfried Sassoon and the occasions that he witnesses whilst battling as a fighter. 'The Sentry ' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est ' are both stunning and reasonable war lyrics that were utilized to uncover the detestations of war from the officers on the hatreds of trenches and gas fighting, they tested and unmistakable difference a distinct difference to general society impression of war, passed on by disseminator writers, for example, Rupert Brooke.
Wilfred Owen uses imagery in ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ to illustrate his antiwar message by giving the intended audience an image to think about the effects of war and how it can hurt many people like the soldiers. In the line ‘Drunk with fatigue’ it conveys a mental imagery on the soldiers as being tired and suffering from fatigue constantly. Another example of this mental antiwar imagery is ‘Gas! GAS! Quick boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling’ gives us an image of young men who are stumbling to fight for their lives as they are afraid of dying and afraid of what is to come.
The poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” mainly describes the war as harsh, depressing, and fierce. This poem expresses suffering by using harsh connotations of descriptive words like drowning, blood-shod, haunting flares, and devil’s sick of sin to create a tormented mood and tone. This author appeals to the audience with pathos by having depressing stories about the struggles of war. This poem uses similes like “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud” they use these similes to show how bad it is for the soldiers at that time. This poem also rhymes for example “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” and “Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs” the word sacks and backs both rhyme. The rhyme scheme of this poem is A , B , A , B , C , D , C , D, and
There is a reason many say “war is never the answer.” In the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, Owen metaphorically speaks about the horrors and brutality of war no one truly understands. His overall purpose is to tell his audience that war is completely unnecessary, and no one should have to risk their life to fight for their country. His use of diction, imagery, and figurative language captures a powerful image of the life effects war has on individuals.
There are different point of views when the topic comes to war. Some people have different perspectives about war; war is a game or war is brutal fight. The two poems have many similar characteristics, and many different ones. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen is about a soldier’s point of view during the war. Whereas “Who’s for the game?” by Jessica Pope is about a person that is trying to get people excited and join World War I.
The poem features a soldier, presumably Owen, speaking to fellow soldiers and the public regarding those atrocities. Correspondingly, drawing on the themes of innocent death and the barbaric practices of warfare, Owen expresses his remorse towards his fallen comrades and an antagonistic attitude towards the war effort through a solemn tone and specific stylistic devices. The poem is structured as free verse, contributing towards the disorganized and chaotic impression Owen experienced while witnessing these deaths firsthand, enabling the audience to understand the emotional circumstances of demise in the trenches as well. Throughout the poem, Owen routinely personifies the destructive weapons of war, characterizing them as the true instruments of death rather than the soldiers who stand behind them. Owen describes how, “Bullets chirped…Machine-guns chuckled…Gas hissed…” (Owen 3,4,15). Personifying the weapons demonstrates how pure soldiers have their innocence stolen from them through forced and blind usage of such deadly instruments. Accordingly, it is the weapons who truly receive the last laugh in the war as they kill both physically and spiritually, while soldiers are forever wounded in ways that can and cannot be seen.