How Do the Poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon Show Their Attitudes to War, Through the Poems You Have Read?

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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. He was born in 1893 and died in 1918. The poem of his I am doing is Dulce et decorum est. Siegfried Sassoon was an army officer in WWI. He was a second lieutenant which was quite low in the rankings. He hated and feared the war. He did crazy things in the war which was why he was called “Mad Jack”. He was injured and met Wilfred Owen. He was awarded a military cross and was well-known before the war. He was born in 1886 and died in 1967. The poem of his I am doing is Attack. I am going to how both poets portray the unseen horrors of the war. I am going to do this by indicating what methods and techniques they use to affect the reader and make them feel emotion towards the soldiers. Owen uses irony with the title Dulce et decorum est because it translates to it is a “Sweet and right thing”. This is irony because the poem is trying to say that war is bad and not a sweet and right thing. Owen also uses these words to hit out to Jessie Pope, who was a propaganda poet and Owen disliked her. Pope thinks that war was good and it was Ok to die during it but Owen strongly disagreed with that. Sassoon uses the title Attack to describe what the poem is about. The poem is about the attack on no-man’s land so he just simply decides not to confuse he reader with what he is talking about. Although in the poem he confuses the reader in a way that they don’t understand the horrors of the war. Owen portrays the horrors of the war by focusing on one person and aspect within the war, the gas attacks. He only focuses on this because he wants
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