A Comparison between Shakespeare's Agincourt Speech and Wilfred Owens Dulce Et Decorum Est

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A Comparison between Shakespeare's Agincourt Speech and Wilfred Owens Dulce Et Decorum Est

This essay will scrutinize Shakespeare's 'Agincourt Speech' and Wilfred Owens 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'. Initially the essay will analyse elements of the poems context as well as the origin of the actual passage and how it is created by the influence on each writer's own experience. Additionally, the analysis will similarly focus on more intimate elements of each poem such as the attitude towards war at the time that they were written and how the author shows there own attitude and beliefs towards war (The Myth of War). Furthermore the essay will conclude by contextualising the language and structure of each
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An example would be when Henry V is describing his army, 'We few, we happy few'. This could be used against Shakespeare ideas by showing that Shakespeare doesn't really know about the actual battle itself but by other people's account and his own ability to improvise. Also, because the battle of Agincourt was well before Shakespeare birth, he would not be able to gain a strong perception on the attitude of the soldiers at the time.

By using the evidence above, it can be suggested that each writer has a completely different attitude towards the other writer's views on war. Shakespeare portrays war as a glorious and right time but Owen portrays war as being sad, miserable and depressing. Each writer seems to contradict the other writer's thoughts and views by trying to prove the idea of war in different ways. This could be linked to the time that they were written by the actual writers themselves.

Owens attitudes towards war contradict the title of his poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' which, he does so he can prove that it is actually the total opposite of the title. He expresses his attitude in the form of similes within the poem. An example would be during the visual imagery of the marching soldiers at the start of the poem, 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks'. This shows that the soldiers are tired
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