Comparsion Between W.B Yeats and Wilfred Owen

1114 Words5 Pages
1. Discuss and illustrate the poets perception of war in two of the poems you have studied.(you are expected to choose one of Owen’s poems only. Do not use both Owen’s poems. Throughout both poems, Dulce et Decorum Est and An Irish Airmen Foresees His Death, both poets Wilfred Owen and W.B Yeats both have different perceptions of war at that time. In Dulce et Decorum est the poem is portrayed in a very demeaning way bringing about strong repulsive feelings towards war, while in An Irish Airmen Foresees His Death the poet W.B Yeats’ perception of war is more serene. Both poet’s make strong use of imagery and other literary devices to portray their perception of the war. Firstly in the poem Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen’s perception of war is that it is a brutal barbaric waste of human life. The poem Dulce et Decorum Est is filled with many disturbing images, death and suffering. Wilfred Owen is able to portray his perception of war by using strong imagery to show how barbaric the war was and how life is so easily wasted. The poet uses the figures of speech, the simile and metaphor in one sentence to convey the devastating way in which soldiers die. This can be seen when it is written, “And floundering like a man in fire or lime….As under a green sea I saw him drowning,”(line12-14)by doing this Wilfred Owen successfully compares how soldiers died at that time to be something that a human should normally not endure. This reveals the brutality and waste of life experienced. He further uses irony, “Floundering”( in line 12) which the reader can infer he is referring to the action a fish carries out when it comes to the surface for air. This further adds to his portrayal of brutality as a human being is not usually compared to a fish unless something serious to place. This further shows just how brutal war was as men are being compared to
Open Document