A Comparison Between Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ and Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘Does It Matter?’ and ‘Suicide in the Trenches’

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Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ are both poems that protest against and depict the subject of war. They both follow Wilfred Owen’s angst against those who encourage war and the savagery of warfare that he experienced himself. His poetry was devised to strike at the conscience of England during the World War. Owen’s mother had encouraged him to write poetry from an early age and when he was old enough he travelled to France to teach English when the war broke out. He then went on to join the army and the horrors that he faced completely changed his life. Having being injured in battle, he met Siegfried Sassoon, also injured, in a hospital and went on to encourage each other’s poetry and Sassoon, …show more content…
The counterparts of the ceremonial details included the “monstrous anger of the guns” that represented the “passing bells”, “the demented choir of wailing shells” that represented the church choirs and “hasty orisons” that stood for the prayers spoken at the funeral. The general effect of ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ in comparison to ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ is that of sorrow and remorse, where the readers are shocked and politically corrected regarding their views and acceptance of war.
‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ gives a graphical and nightmarish insight into the horrors faced by soldiers during war whereas ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ has a sorrowful pitch and powerfully comments on war. Both poems show the suffering and immorality of war and affect the reader in a slightly different ways. ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ questions the reader’s integrity and draws attention to the real hardships faced by soldiers during the war. ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ does not question the reader, but has a sad and touching tone that creates an image of the way in which these soldiers ended their lives. Conclusively, both poems deliver graphic and realistic relation to war that makes them so loved and renowned throughout literature. Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘Does it Matter’ and ‘Suicide in the Trenches’ both aim to tell the truth about war. He wanted to upset the enthusiastic civilians and those that misleadingly glorified the war. They were
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