Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon had many differences, however there are many similarities within their writings. Owen, who wrote Anthem for Doomed Youth, he was unlike most of the poets because he did not receive a university education. Sassoon wrote In The Pink and also They, he wrote more about anti-war while Owen says he rights about the pity of war. The war was talked about as if everyone in that field was there to “defended and liberate” but soon he could see it was about “ aggression and conquest ”. In the end both men wrote to show the horror and depression the soldiers go through.
What honor do these men get in dieing in the cold, bloody battlefield? The rapid repeating of rifles firing drowns out even the men’s quick prayers. There are no more jokes, there are no more games, it is time for boys to become men. With voices screaming all around, for help that is most likely not going to show up. What can be done to help these men? The young boys have no experience in war, they are being used as animals or dummies; just being slaughtered! With the dawn of everyday, the men rise to see the fatal blows of the night before. Owen is showing these men a lot of pity.
“ What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.”
A soldier is writing home to escape from the madness of the war. He is warmed by the thoughts of the days at home on his farm with the lovely Gwen. But this Utopia would only last for a moment, the thought of tomorrows journey through the cold and dangerous front; he may not return from this. Tonight he is safe, but soon he will not be, and the war still proceeds.
“ And then he thought: tomorrow night we trudge
up to the trenches, and my boots are rotten.
Five miles of stodgy clay and freezing sludge,
And everything but the wretchedness forgotten.