Compare Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, and Before Agincourt

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Compare Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, and Before Agincourt by William Shakespeare.

Before Agincour and Dulce et decorum est
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I have chosen to compare two poems for this piece of work, and they are Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, and Before Agincourt by
William Shakespeare. Both look at War as the main subject, but express very different views on it. Wilfred Owen has written a very powerful poem about a man dying from a gas attack during the First World War, whereas Shakespeare writes a rhetoric poem about the honour and pride found in battle.

¡Dulce et decorum est¡, and ¡Before Agincourt¡ are two poems so incredibly far away, in meaning, from each other, that it is
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By jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:

He thinks that honour and pride are worth dying for, and worth killing for. He feels that the fewer the men who fight for England, then the bigger the victory will be. He wants no cowards fighting for England, either. Let he that hath no stomach for this fight,
Let him depart, his passport shall be made.

Henry is so adamant that honour is the best thing you could have, that he even believes it will make him immortal
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it alone shall be remembered;

Wilfred Owen is not totally against war, but, as it says at the end of the poem, the old lie:

Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori´ or
It is sweet and fitting
To die for your country

He is very angry about this lie that is being told to young children and the citizens of England that are back at home, not fighting.
Wilfred Owen also believes in honour, and doing what you believe in.
He believes in telling all of England what it is really like on the front line.

Shakespeare´s poem is about following what you believe, even if it kills you, that it is better to die fighting than to live knowing what you could have done. This feeling isn´t as relevant now, in the twenty-first century, because almost everyone can see two sides to arguaments. This is a post-modernist time,
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