After reading war poems we are able to get a true idea of how horrific war was and learn of its negative consequences. The main idea in war poems becomes apparent when reading Wilfred Owen’s poem, Dolce et Decorum Est. In the last stanza, the lines: “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie: Dolce et Decorum Est, Pro Patria Mori” demonstrates the main idea. ‘Dolce et Decorum est’ is a Latin saying, which means ‘it is sweet and right’. The poet is saying that people should not talk about war as enthusiastically as it gives the impression that war is glorious.
Gas! Quick, boys! !” this achieves the sense of haste the writer was trying to achieve by using short sentences and exclamation marks to grab the attention of the reader, also this contrasts with the first verse describing the sense of exhaustion to the one of extreme panic and anger. “Owen’s fear of the ‘haunting flares’ creates the impression that war is a nightmarish and horrific experience. The simile that compares the soldiers with coughing ‘hags’ emphasises this and the corrupt, unhealthy connotations
As the poem continues, the soldier talks to the rat, as he says that the rat will we safe from the disturbance that is going on between the two fronts. In the “Counter-Attack”, Siegfried Sassoon clearly delivers the reality of war and the grief and fear of the experience that the soldiers are expected to face to the audience of this poem. The poet established a personal connection with his readers through the structure and development of each section as he was trying to make the poem feel as realistic as possible. The poem is full of emotive language & strong description, which helps create a gloomy atmosphere. When he says “Bleeding to death” it adds to the outcome of torture and gives the reader a bad image towards the war and it also causes the reader to respond to the poem if an emotional way.
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.
Owen commented on his poetry that ‘my subject is war, and the pity of it… all a poet can do is warn.’ Owen and Sassoon were both trying to warn young men against war and inform the public on how brutal and disgusting war actually is In both poems, after describing the obscene conditions of war and the impact that these conditions had on the soldiers, the poets dedicated a stanza to condemning the reader on any encouragement they may have had towards young men going to war. They did this through the use of personal pronouns. In ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ Owen condemns the use of the saying “Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori” (It is sweet and fitting to die for your country) by using personal pronouns to involve the reader in the reality of war “If you could hear at every jolt/ the blood come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs… my friend you would not tell with such high zest… the old lie: Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori.” In ‘Suicide in the trenches’ personal pronouns are also used to disapprove of the encouragement of war “You smug faced crowds… who cheer when soldier lads march by/ sneak home and pray you’ll never know/ the hell where youth and laughter go.” Personal pronouns are used in order to involve the
The imagery which is used in this poem is also used to show the tone and theme. The imagery used can make one sick from the harsh description of this battlefield. Such as, in lines 21-23 “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood/ Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs/
Speech – Good Morning students and teachers today I will be talking about some Wilfred Owen Poems that conveyed the experiences of wars. The two poems that will be discussed are “Dulce Et Decrorum Est” and “Anthem for Doomed Youth”. Many of his poems show that wars are bad and it is not needed. Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th march 1893 and died on 4 November 1918, he is best known as one of the most powerful war poets, who detailed the reality and horrors of the First World War. Owen's first experience of the war was in hospitals treating the wounded soldiers.
Introduction Paragraph 1 In his poem, Strange Meeting, Owen recreates the horror of war through his shocking and realistic account of the experiences faced by soldiers on the battlefields during World War One. “And by his smile, I knew that sullen hall, - By his dead smile I knew we stood in hell”. Owen has used first person and a pararhyme to reinforce the brutality and horrors of war. Owen came to the realisation, by talking to this man, that no one there was truly alive, breathing or not breathing. What mattered was the truth of war and what he felt he must share and let people know.
WAR PHOTOGRAPHER LITERATURE Write about the poem, war photographer, in which my opinion is very effective in highlighting important social issues. Explain what these issues are and examine and discuss the various ways in which the poet conveys them. The poet is addressing the issues of war and morals of people. In stanza one, the poet shows how gruesome war can be, “spools of suffering set out in ordered rows” The poet, Duffy, highlights the contrast of what happens at the war sight from where he is now. The word spools also suggest never ending, hence he suggest the never-ending suffering those at war are burdened with.
Anthem For Doomed Youth is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the realities of war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during WW1 and therefore understands fully the true experiences of war. He was against war and was appalled by the effects of war on people and their families. The purpose of the poem is to inform the public of the true realities of war and how young men where dying needlessly. This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true.