Both ‘The Soldier’ and ‘Dulce et decorum est’ express the authors perception of war. Owen describes the bitter reality of war, whereas Rupert Brooke expresses the glorification of war and fighting for your country. Alliteration is used in both poems to establish rhythm and reinforce the tone. For the two poems, the titles are misleading. They contradict what the poem is actually about.
It tries to enlighten the hardship of coming back to a life that is not foul or execrable including the likes of PTSD and unemployment. Both of these works of art simultaneously denounce the sins of war while supporting the troops overseas. War Song and Hero of War are two very controversial songs about war, while being two similar songs as well. Both of these songs use Ethos as both of artists have served in war ergo making them a credible source. While Rise Against’s HoW uses Ethos to describe the dreadful sights and glimpses of war, War Song uses Ethos to support the troops and to lambaste war.
In Owen’s poem, though the war may be necessary, it’s not fun or glorious it’s brutal. As you can see, “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory.” This means if you really know what war is like you wouldn’t promote it in a good way. However, this is what Popes’ poem is applying. In her poem she says, “Who would much rather come back with a crutch than lie low and be out of the fun?”
It should not be celebrated as a victory, but as something that should never happen again. The figures of speech that are present in the poem are used to emphasize the elements that make up what war is, which are all atrocious. Indeed, the metaphors and personifications contained in the poem compare war to a “fatal flaw” (line 4), a “perversion” (line 5) and the “profoundest disrespect” (line 9), amongst others. In addition, the anaphora of the words “the ultimate” (lines 12, 15-17) is used to show how war only brings the worse in human life (racism, criminality, obscenity and crime against humanity). The euphemism found on line 19 also hints to the aftermath of war for the soldiers, using the expression “troubled man” to refer to soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
War over a War Novel In the preface to All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque writes, “It [the novel] will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.” This quote shows that this book was written for the purpose of conveying how a generation was lost because of World War I. Two critics, however, differ over the validity of the author’s purpose because of the depiction of the horrors of war and portrayal of a soldier in All Quiet on the Western Front. The critic Modris Eksteins agrees with Remarque in arguing that Paul Bäumer embodies an everyman that represents the fate of a generation.
“Insensibility “ and “Strange meeting” offers Owen’s personal experience of the grim realities of battle and a deep emotional response to allow for a true understanding of war. Owen explained how they experience lack of imagination and how even if they imagine it would be filled with horror, blood and death. Owen had very strong religious references which was shown in the poem; by using the beatitudes structure at the beginning of most of the stanzas. “Happy are men who yet before they are killed”. In these lines, he used the religious allusion of beatitudes as in “Happy are” whereas he turned this positive connotation and joyful tone , when he ended the same line by “ before they are killed” using negative language, satiric tone representing the not patriotism and dull image of war.
Nonetheless, what he wants to emphasize is the pointlessness of war and soldier’s death. Hence, the main themes of this poem are: death, senseless devastation, loss of identity, and the insignificance of dying in a war. Regarding its form, this poem is a lyrical poem in a format of a sonnet. However, it is between Petrarchan and Shakespearean
The reality remains that there is nothing glorious about the death and destruction that results from war. Establish context: Towards the end of “Dulce et Decorum Est”, the narrator explains how many young men are ready and willing to become a soldier for their country. In fact, this is the last line of the entire poem, when Evidence: “ The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori” (Owen 27-28). Analysis: This Latin sentence translates into: It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country. It is interesting how Owen capitalizes the word “Lie”, as this emphasizes the deception displayed by those who want young
By reversing personification, Owen expresses the dead soldiers do not get the passing bells of a proper funeral what they desire like slaugthers. This conveys that Wilfred Owen is disgusted the war and the pointless deaths of soldiers. Additionally, the rhetorical question allows the reader to imagine the phenomenon of the war and question its validity. Moreover, Owen
At that point the reader begins to see different light, understanding how Owen felt as he witnessed death first hand. Once the title of the poem has been read in its entirety, the meaning of the poem is enhanced. Now “Dulce et Decorum Est” implies a false cover, implying that war is sweet and brings one glory to serve the country. When in reality the reader learns that war is not kind, and takes without mercy no matter what side a soldier is fighting for.. “Sweetness” begins to mean “Sadness”, and from the title one would assume that war shows kindness to those willing to fight, but instead Owen explains how the honor of fighting in battle doesn’t mean anything when one becomes a forgotten corpse, left to rot amongst
Maybe nothing is more incessant in the pages of history books than wars. Since the beginning of time, men have battled to hold their ground and vanquish more. However, the images of war are never as victorious that they are painted out to be. The truth of war is dull, devastate, and nerve racking, with conditions unfavorable to mind, body, and soul. The substances of war and the dread experienced are reported and told by writers all through time.
The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron and his novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle were all works that were inspired and reflected off events in his life. The decline of his mental health, his wife turning to Christianity, the growing political and