Comparing The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

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Comparing The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

World War I, probably the most horrible of modern wars, inspired some of the most beautiful and powerful poetry of the 20th century. Two very good examples are "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke and "Dulce Et Decorum Est " by Wilfred Owen, both were written before and during the this war.

Rupert Brooke was a well- educated English man who lived the enthusiasm of the whole country when the war started. He wrote this and many other poems with the illusion of a very short war with a happy-ending. He joined the army and went to war. However, he didn't have the chance to fight because during the journey to the front he
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Brooke poem tell us about the good things of dying and even sounds perfect to died in a war and Owen portrays the image of grotesque death in the field during the war. This difference is mainly due to what poets experience. It is probable that if Brooke had experience war his poems could have change of point of view.

The structure and the language both poems have very little similarities and many differences. One similarity is the consistency of their rhyme scheme. Both poems have a regular rhyme scheme, this is because… The language Owen's use in the poem is very informal and colloquial. For example when he wrote "Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots / of disappointment shells that drop behind". The poem doesn't have a formal stanza laid out, the first stanza has eight verse and the third only two verses. By not using "ceremonial" words and not having formal stanza laid out, Owen try to point us again that the war is not elegant or has formal structure. Brooke poem is quite different, he is language and the structure of the poem is very formal. This suggests that his way of thinking of war is very formal and by some means without suffering.

"Dulce et Decorum Est" is full of similes and metaphors, For example, "Bent double like old beggars, under sacks/ knock-kneed, coughing like hags" or " his hanging face, like devil's sick of sin" the
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