The Last Post And Dolce Et Decorum Est

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Wilfred Owen’s Dolce et Decorum Est and Carol Ann Duffy’s The Last Post are both refusals of war propaganda and intended to convey an anti war message to populations at war. Both texts use the point of view of a poet Wilfred Owen’s being from a veteran. However, both speaks clearly convey a message desiring change, and a greater understanding of the horrors of war within the general population. Owen’s first stanza is a myriad of techniques, beginning with similes and metaphors describing the worn-out soldiers firstly as “beggars” then as “hags”, dehumanizing them just as the war does. Similarly, Duffy’s poem in which she directly quotes from Dulce et Decorum Est bleeding men are described as “slime into its wounds” Duffy has completely dehumanized the men describing them…show more content…
Duffy uses the image, of the “boys”, “kissing photographs from home” along with the repeated lists of either family members, common names, or aspirations in order to create an emotive link between the speaker and reader. Likewise, Owen’s poem examines the affect war has on young men such as himself. Using Hyperbole’s like “all of my dreams” to make the reader compassionate towards the speaker. Owen’s next lines appeal to the reader to reflect on their own experiences by direct address, alliteration, imagery, asking the reader to personally stop telling the lie that are is honorable and noble. Contrastingly, Duffy strongly utilizes repetition to summarize the main theme in her poem. The final two lines are the same as two earlier lines making the reader dwell on why she has made this recurrence. In Duffy’s poem with focuses heavily on the rewinding of time and the changing of history, she repeats this phrase to illustrate the fact that nothing has changed. Both poems are rejections of war propaganda and reflections on how even after the tragedy and sorrow in both poems war are still fought daily and nothing has changed in the
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