A Comparison of Dulce Et Decorum Est and Exposure Essay

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A Comparison of Dulce Et Decorum Est and Exposure

Traditional war poetry gives the idea of patriotic idealism of war. This style of poetry implies that war is patriotic and that people who fight for their country are honorable.
But many of the poets do not portray war as it really is, by glossing over the gory details with attractive images. Many traditional war poems were written before the war to persuade and encourage young boys to become loyal soldiers. Many of the soldiers were taught to believe that they were the chosen few and they were delighted to take part. They even thanked God, ‘Now, God be thanked, Who had matched us with
His hour’. The capital ‘H’ on ‘His’ implies the importance; meaning that ‘His hour’ is God’s
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As the war was developing the pressure to take part in conflict grew increasingly. After training , Owen was labeled a second lieutenant. All his romantic notions was destroyed by the reality of war, water-logged trenches, barbed wire, bombardments and machine guns. After a near death experience
Owen was transported to a hospital with concussion. But he still had the images of his many brothers and conrades laying motionless around him. Owen didn’t escape unharmed he was diagnosed with shell-shock. He was then posted to
Craiglockhart War Hospital for observation where he quickly came the editor of ‘The Hydra’ , the hospital magazine.
Whilst Owen was in the hospital, Siegfried Sassoon arrived.
Owen made a good impression on Sassoon and he recognized the potential in his poetry. Encouraged by Sassoon, Owen wrote some of his finest, most angry and compassionate poems at that time. When he left Craiglockhart he furthered his poetry career when he was introduced to the London literary society. Although Owens future seemed promising Owen decided to leave this safe predictable home and return to France to fight. He fought on the Beaurevoir – fousomme line and was awarded the military cross. But during his time in France he fell under machine fire.

The two poems I have chosen to analyse are ‘Exposure’ and
‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’. Both of these were written by
Wilfred Owen
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