One way in which Owen portrays the physical and mental consequences of war is via his emotive use of similes. In stanza one of ‘Mental Cases’ Owen questions about why these victims of war bare ‘teeth that leer like skulls’ teeth wicked?’. The simile is effective due to powerfully portraying the victims appearance as faces in which are distorted with pain and bewilderment. However, although the men may appear ‘wicked’, the reality is that are the absolute opposite as they are the victims of a wicked war, thus making the reader feel deep sympathy. This simile is reinforced in the next stanza, why do they look as they do?
He emplys the use of imagery in the quote “Drooping tongues from jaws that slob their relish, Baring teeth that leer like skulls' tongues wicked?” (Lines 3, 4). Within those lines, Owen dehumanises the soldiers by personifying them as animalistic with the repulsive imagery used to shock the audience and refute the idea that war is grand. Similarly Owen also depicts this notion in Dulce Et Decorum Est in which the exhaustion of soldiers on the front and their movement between battlefields and trenches is conveyed. In this poem Owen displays to the audience that war is glorified and in doing so challenges this perception through the use of irony in the title “Dulce Et Decorum Est” which reads ‘it’s sweet and honourable’. Owen rejects this misrepresentation of war and confronts the audience through descriptive visual imagery in the line “at every jolt, the blood came gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs”(Line 22), emphasising the gruesome details of his real experiences drawing an insight into the treacherous warfare that society for many years have thought of as noble.
In the poem “Dulce et Decorum est” the title translates to “It is a wonderful and great honor to fight and die for your country”. The Title in itself is very ironic and it is one main point the writer is making. He says “you could hear , at every jolt, the blood/come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” this shows the irony in the title because dyeing this way is not wonderful, as the poems title makes out to be. Another comparison of these two poems is the writer’s use of similes. A simile is a comparison often using the words like or as.
In Whitman's lines "Battles, the horrors of fratricidal war, the fever of doubtful news, the fitful events; these come me to days and nights and go from me again, But they are not the me “myself", he pulls common feelings and events together for the reader to relate to (Whitman). Since Whitman's era crossed with the Civil War, there is no doubt that tragedies and feelings of grief were all very
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.
‘The Soldier’ is an Old English poem that believes in patriotism. It narrates how soldier are blessed to be fighting for their country and to die in honor. This poem was written by Rupert Brooke; known for his idealistic sonnets written during World War I. Conversely, ‘Why Patriots are a bit Nuts in the Head’ is a free verse poem that emphasizes the reality of war and criticizes people who are patriotic; believing that it is neither delightful or joyful to die for one’s country. This poem was written by Roger McGough. By contrasting these two poems, both poets used different poetry form and theme.
A literary commentary of “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke is an English nationalist and patriotic poem. It glorifies the heroism of the English soldiers who fought during World War 1. Figurative language and symbols help establish the reader’s understanding of the two main ‘themes’ of the poem: patriotism and transformation. The title of the poem - “The Soldier” raises many questions – the reader is unsure of what the poem is going to be about, although, we expect it to refer to violence and war directly. The use of the definite article “The” makes the title more specific to one soldier, as opposed to “A Soldier”.
In his poem “Jabberwocky”, Lewis Carroll uses many poetic devices that weave together an epic battle with the Jabberwock. Carroll uses nonsense words that seem to have no meaning on the first reading, to make sense of these nonsense words this poem needs to be read out loud. This use of onomatopoeia is used to evoke not only a feeling of being somewhere odd and strange but also what that place might sound like. The words have then been chosen not so much for their meaning but for the sounds they make when the poem is read. One of the best examples of these sounds is during the fight between the hero and the Jabberwock “The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!” (18).
What attitude does Boey Kim Cheng have towards the planners in ‘The Planners’ and how does he express it? Boey Kim Cheng conveys his distaste and disapproval attitude towards the poem ‘The Planners’ by building the details on the ugliness of their perfections. He uses the accusatorial and negative tone of voice and through the development of language to express the endless perfections. He often conveys his negative and repulsed attitude towards the planners and how the planners crave for power and control. He applies the use of vivid imagery to help build on the flawless creation and how it disgusts him.
He has done this in mid-term break by using phrases like ‘corpse’ and ‘a poppy bruise’. These phrases give the poem a very dark mood as they relate to war and death. His great knowledge of the war through his personal experience of the Second World War means that he was able to forget human emotions and discuss and write about things in a matter of fact tone. The rhythm of his poetry is very musically