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...