He only strengthens his argument by the use of strong descriptive words and vivid figurative language. The intention was not so much to induce pity as to shock people at home who believed war was noble and glorious, but that fighting for one's country is simply sentencing a lot of young men to an unnecessary death. As a former teacher Owen was completely terrified when he saw the terrible things happening to his young comrades, no different to the children Owen once taught. I am going to look at how these two war poems have responded and changed to the historical context within which they were written. The main themes running throughout both poems are that of the pain and worthlessness of war, and the crime towards the young soldiers it was. However this is not protecting their citizens nor is it fair.
Owen opens his poem with a strong simile that compares the soldiers to old people that may be hunch-backed. He is one of the most important English War Poets. The title means its sweet and right, but the story behind it is totally different to the title, which is ironic. Many others wrote about the injustices and cruelties of war at this time, but only one, Wilfred Owen, did so in such a permanent and meaningful way. The irony he tone he used throughout the verse form was to demo how he thought war was such a waste. This dead man is now flung into a wagon, and the whites of his eyes are seen. Here, he met poet Siegfried Sassoon, who played a part in influencing him to write poetry about war and the suffering of soldiers.
The only thing they can do is toss him into a wagon. This action too shows the worth of ones life in the armed forces and that a life can easily be replaced. The tones used by both the poets in the last stanza are a little sympathetic but really angry, this illustrates their actual feelings of war. Owen describes to the reader the graphic and gruesome side of war rather than the typical romanticized description. Include an analysis of the language used and its structure.
In it he describes the horrors he witnessed as a soldier from the front line of battle. Through vivid imagery and compelling metaphors, the poem gives the reader the exact feeling the author wanted. However, the two poems deal very differently with the subject of war, resulting in two very different pieces of writing. Owen then moves on to tell us how even in their weak human state the soldiers march on, until the enemy fire gas shells at them. One soldier is still yelling and stumbling about as if he is on fire.
One similarity between the two poems is that they both have titles which express positive feelings about war. As an English poet, he is noted for his anger at the cruelty and waste of war and his pity for its victims. This image makes the reader understand that war is a hellish and horrible place. Wilfred Owens poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' gives a detailed description of a soldier dying from a gas attack. He wants his legacy to reflect his service as a soldier more than any other accolades that he may have attained.
The theme of expendability of life in warfare, can be placed on this task since what Randall was really doing was washing the turret of the human remains with a hose. In the time span which these poets were writing there was a major historical event. Vivid imagery is prevalent all throughout the poem. Owen uses this for a contrast in the next line. They both sound sad and make the reader feel pity. Overall, the poem can be classified as a narrative iambic pentameter. Then Owen goes onto describe the flares as haunting to the soldiers.
He despised the thought of war. The poet uses the three Aristotle's rhetoric appeals logos, pathos and ethos, to show the true horror war. Revenge can lead someone or a country to take action, causing a war that will lead many innocents and even soldiers to experience horrific scenes of war, or the death of you or someone you love. Despite this the weary soldiers are still fumbling around, as if woken from a deep slumber. Owen gives first hand experiences he witnessed whilst fighting in World War One and where he unfortunately died one week before the war came to an end.
Initially, the paper will outline the prevailing social and historical contexts associated with the two texts. The First World War was an event that brought to many people, pain, sorrow and bitterness. Owen gives us graphic descriptions, speaking in a very direct and straight forward way. The two poems represent war in completely different ways, and both have different messages. We can see the poem itself as a logical because in the poem we can see that the meaning is reasonable. Through vivid imagery and compelling metaphors, the poem gives the reader the exact feeling the author wanted. It was written to portray the reality of war.