“Farewell to arms” is an exemplification of his love life as well as his war life as an ambulance driver in World War I. In Hemingway's book the injuries sustained and the love life formed by the main character shows a striking correlation to that of Hemingway's actual war life experiences. Hemingway entered World War I in May of 1918 as a volunteer ambulance driver for the Red Cross after being deferred enlistment due to poor vision. According to the Lost Generation, Hemingway "had a bad left eye that he probably inherited from his mother, who also had poor vision. In early June Hemingway traveled to Milan and upon his arrival he was quickly initiated into his job when a munitions factory exploded and left many dismembered bodies for Hemingway to transport to a morgue.
He survived the war living to eighty years old but was deeply affected by the horrors of war. Wilfred Owen, also a lieutenant, was shot on the 4th November 1918, one week before Armistice Day. Owen met Sassoon at Craighart Hospital in Edinburgh, where Owen was suffering from shell shock after being blown up by a mortar. Sassoon’s poem, ‘Suicide in the Trenches’ has a simple four line stanza with four stanzas in total. This regimental stile of writing is reflecting a regimented lifestyle.
‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ is an anti-war poem written by Wilfred Owen back in1917, published in 1920.Dulce et Decorum est means ‘it is great to die for your country’. The poem describes a gas attack encountered by a group of tired, dying soldiers who have just finished their front line duties ‘are marched asleep’ back to their camp for a few days rest in a battlefield during the World War I. The poet is trying to depict a picture of the war’s cruelties, gruesome and atrocities through shifting rhythms, vivid descriptions and rich, raw images. Owen’s intention is to convince reader that the horror of the war far outweighs the patriotic clichés of those who glamorize it. Owen, a British Army officer, who was also took part in the war, was very much against the war.
In the short period of four years from 1914-1918, the First World War killed six million men and destroyed countless more lives. Wilfred Owen was a British soldier who became bitter and cynical about the war after suffering from shell-shock. He turned to poetry and one of the poems he produced 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. Dulce et Decorum Est opens with a simile, setting the scene of war time, and Owen's opinion that war is not a noble thing. The first stanza ends with a hint of danger 'of gas shells dropping', but the soldiers, too tired and numb to notice, ignores it for the moment.
Wilfred Owen was an officer in the British army and was very anti-war. He was in the battle of the Somme and was blown-up. He suffered from concussion and shellshock. This led to him coming back to Britain and meeting one of his literary heroes, Siegfried Sassoon who encouraged him to start writing poetry. He died one week before the war ended.
The poet quickly erases this false image of a soldier replacing it with a description of a ‘beggar’. The second verse greatly enhances my understanding of war by using conflict, danger and death. The poet achieves this by creating a sense of urgency. The first words of the second verse are “GAS! Gas!
On this is based all his war poetry. In August 1918, after his friend, the other Great War poet, Siegfried Sassoon had been severely injured and sent back to England, Owen returned to France war was still as horrid as before. The butchery war ended on November 11th, 1918 at 11 o clock. Seven days before, Owen had been killed in one of the last vain battles of this war. The situation of Dulce et Decorum est s a tragic situation.
It can also be linked to another of his poem´s, “Inspection”. Owen wrote this poem during his stay at Craiglockheart hospital from October 1917 to the first few months of 1918. The poem was sent to his mother in a letter with the words “Here is a gas poem, done yesterday...Through this poem Owen tries to express the horrors of fighting through an resentful as well as bitter tone and unusually striking descriptions. The poem consist of four stanzas; each of which portrays the poets indignation about the tragedy of war using powerful auditory and visual imagery. The first stanza reflects the severe condition of the worn out soldiers which is implied by hyperbole, such as “All went lame; all blind”(line 6), expressing the vehemence of the poets feelings more than the tragedy of the soldiers.
Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owens ‘Dulce et Decorum Est.’ is a poem written about Owen’s experience fighting in World War 1. Wilfred Owen was actually in the front line at the time of writing this poem. Dulce et Decorum Est is Latin which means ‘It is sweet and honourable to die for your country’. The poem is about what it was like for soldiers living in the trenches and the conditions they fought in. There were also a lot of gas attacks.
Ernest Hemingway and Guy De Maupassant are two of the world’s most renowned and famous writers. Guy de Maupassant was born in France and later served in the Franco-Prussian War. After the war, Maupassant lived in Paris where he met a couple of distinguished writers who would influence him later in life. After quitting his day job as a civil servant, Maupassant published one of his two-hundred or so stories. After getting the syphilis disease that had a negative effect on his brain, he attempts to commit suicide and fails.