Compare the Presentation of War in the Poems 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Icarus Allsorts"
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Compare the Presentation of War in the poems ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, by Wilfred Owen and ‘Icarus Allsorts’, by Roger McGough.
Dulce et Decorum est was written by Wilfred Owen and Icarus Allsorts was written by Roger McGough. Dulce was written during WW1. Wilfred Owen wrote this poem while he was in a military hospital. In the poem Owen reveals the chilling truth about what WW1 was really like. Icarus was written in the tension of the Cold War. In the poem Roger McGough turns a very serious (fake) event into a joke. Dulce was written in 1917 and published in 1920. It was written to show that Jessie Pope’s poem ‘Who’s for the Game’ was a whole pot of lies. Icarus Allsorts was written in 1964. It was written to get residents of planet Earth…show more content… The tone/mood in Dulce is sad and negative. “In all my helpless dreams, before my helpless sight he plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.” In this quotation Owen is referring to a dream he has had. Also he is describing what is happening in the dream- a man is drowning from gas. He is also having this dream because the things he has seen in war are things that will stick in his head forever. This is sad and negative. In 2012 we have computers, radios, T.V.s etc. and can find out what the conditions were like in any war but back in 1917 when WW1 was going on the only way for a family member to know what their son/dad/nephew/grandson was seeing was through a poem and reading poems like Dulce would make them feel worried and sad.
Another difference is the way both poems are written. Icarus is written like a news report. Using a lack of punctuation does this. This stanza is an example of the lack of punctuation used in the poem. “From every corner of the earth bombs began to fly there were even missile jams no traffic lights in the sky in the time it takes to blow your nose the people fell, the mushrooms rose.” This lack of use of punctuation makes you read the poem fast this relates to how quick a nuclear bomb can drop and destroy. Also the lack of punctuation communicates the idea that all the events from the poem are occurring simultaneously as the bombs explode. Dulce is written like a diary as it is written in the first person. “I saw him drowning” Also Dulce is