“Before you left, I pinned one onto your lapel, crimped petals, spasms of paper red, disrupting a blockade of yellow bias binding around your blazer.” What the poet says is significant because she is remembering exactly what she did that day all those years ago in fine detail. This I think is because this is the day he leaves to go to war and this stands out a lot to her and she shows her emotion when it says “All my words flattened, rolled, turned into felt, slowly melting.” Comparing it to The right word again like Poppies the poet creates strong feelings by the language used straight away in the first stanza. The poet says “outside the door, lurking in the shadows is a terrorist”. The word terrorist stands out to you the reader and grabs your attention straight away. This makes you want to read on and find out what is about to happen.
The poem has a slow pace created by the caesura within the sentences; Sassoon has done this to make the poem reflective. The first stanza consists of a mother being told her son has died during his service in the war. The use of the name “Jack”, a very common name, the poet has used this man/boy who has died to imply that it could have been anyone of the soldiers in the war. He uses the collective pronoun “we”, in “we mothers are so proud,” to show that the mother represents all mothers receiving the news that their son has died. Sassoon is trying to encourage the readers to notice the extent of the risks and dangers which come with war.
It symbolises a very iconic image of church and religion and makes you think about what religion and faith means today and how it’s all about reflection just like how the photographer is reflecting on the tortures he saw of war. The last line of stanza 1 is presented in short sentences and is effective in showing the litany of horror of war. Throughout the poem, there is a lot of juxtaposition which contrasts good and evil, the western world and war and happiness and suffering. This is shown with ‘bath and pre-lunch beers’ which is never found at war, ‘running children in a nightmare heat’ which contrasts innocent children running in grass and nightmare heat and ‘a hundred agonies in black and white’ where black and white contradict each other. Juxtaposition emphasises phrases outlines how good/bad they are.
As I mentioned before the topic dealt with in this poem is the war and patriotism. It is from the viewpoint of a soldier and he is explaining how every death of an English soldier on another land is a victory. Rupert Brooke uses imagery to help you see the text as it progresses. Line one is ‘If I should die, think only this of me:’ this implies that Rupert Brooke believes everything he has written. And if he was to die in another country he would be proud.
Hardy uses slang to get the reader involved in the poem, this allows Hardy to make a strong point in highlighting the irony behind how war can turn friend into foe simply by association and sway the reader against war. Both poems are against war and the reasons and ethics behind them. Though Hardy uses a more direct approach to get his point across, both poems successfully complete the objective that the poets had for them, which was to open the reader's eyes to the true reality of war. In "Dulce et decorum est", Owen is showing how the press and public at home were comforting themselves in the belief that all the young men dying in the war were dying noble, heroic deaths. Owen on the other hand, shows how the reality was quite different; the young men were dyeing and deaths in the trenches.
Examine the way Owen presents conflict in Dulce et Decorum est. Refer to the about the other poems in your answer. We can see the different aspects of war and what effect it had on the mind of different people and artists such as poets in their work. Many poets glamourized war, attracting it with their pen and giving it a beautiful look by glorifying death and considerate young blood that were fighting for their homeland. For example the poem “The soldier” by Rupert Brooke painted war with the highlights of glamorous and logic.
The title of the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est means "How sweet and Fitting it is," and in the end Owen states the title as being a lie by writing” The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est. / Pro patria mori." The poet conveys his message through a variety of themes, characters and ideas. The agony and torture of the war is one of the characters portrayed in Owen's poem. He uses metaphoric techniques to engage and attract the reader's attention.
Finally, it will analyze the way he uses characters and settings to create a believable world that draws the reader into his greater theme. William Faulkner has several re-occurring character types that appear throughout his novels and short stories. One of the most dominant character types is the unfit father figure. In the novel As I Lay Dying, the narrator leads the audience to believe that Anse is leading the family on a journey to bury his lost wife as her dying wishes; however, Anse is the exact opposite. He uses his family throughout the story to achieve selfish benefits.
He said his main concern was ‘war and the pity of war’ He felt it was his responsibility as a poet to tell the truth and bring to light to atrocities of modern warfare, in a way others could or would not. Once he had properly experienced war his poetry became a form of education, he wanted to expose the belief war was good and noble and prove wrong the propaganda that bombarded Britain. No knowledge, imagination or military training could properly prepare Owen for the reality of war and the suffering of front line experience it brought along with it. Within twelve days of arriving in France the ‘easy-going’ chatter of his letters turned to a ‘cry of anguish’. ‘The Sentry’ was written by Owen when he was receiving treatment at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh in 1917, finished in September later that year whilst in France.
The theme of ‘’Dulce et decorum est’’. Has been established form the very first line ‘’ Bent double like old beggars under sacks’’, is a metaphor established to convey there’s no nobility and honor in war or fighting for your country. Here the poet has made an illusion to Homers poem ‘’The Iliad’’, which talks about the nobility of dying in war. But instead the author has written the poem to accurately describe the misery and terror soldiers had to live with, he wanted people to see the real truth behind war and stop them from telling future generations the ‘’old lie’’ that it is sweet and honorable to die for ones country. ‘‘Who’s for the game?’’ is attempting to evoke the opposite to the above; the poem refers to dying in battlefields as glorious and impressive.