Compare and Contrast Two Wwi Poets

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World War I Poets: Owens and Brooke World War I was a very emotional time across the world. This emotion caused by the war sparked many poets interest. Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke were two of these poets that took their emotions caused by the war and expressed it through poetry. Wilfred Owen had longed to be a poet since age nineteen and succeeded in writing poems, but it was his poems that he wrote during the war that he became known for (Wilfred Owen). While fighting Owen met Siegfried Sassoon who inspired him to write war poetry to tell the truth about soldiers lives and the awful things that they go through while on the front (Wilfred Owen). Rupert Brooke also had prior experiences as a poet, but it was the action he saw on the front line at Antwerp that inspired him to write war poetry. Brooke was very patriotic and his poems reflected his loyalty to England (Allen). Owen and Brooke were both very reputable World War I poets that had very different views on war, which could be based on the different positions they held in the war. Wilfred Owen was strongly against war and used his poems to display to the readers back at home what war was truly like. “Dulce Et Decorum,” which means “it is sweet and right to die for your country” in the words of the Latin poet Horace, is one of Owen’s most well known poems. Owen displays verbal irony with the title of this poem. He uses this to display his view on the propaganda of war, saying that it is a lie that it shows loyalty to die for one’s country (The Christian Century). In the poem Owen describes to the reader a horrific scene of a helpless soldier dying from poisoned gas saying that he was, “Flound'ring like a man in fire and lime.” He tells how watching this man die in such a painful way was a haunting experience for him stating, “In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, he plunges at me, guttering, choking,
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