The Views Of Rupert Brooke And Wilfred Owen On War

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The views of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen on war
Both The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen are written during World War 1 in England. Brooke has a patriotic view and idealizes and worships war, whereas, Owens message in The Soldier is about the gore and horrific reality of war. Both authors use their own knowledge and personal experiences to show readers how soldiers handle war and the consequences war brings to soldiers. Brookes poem is a pre-war poem and uses imagery as quiet and calm in the poem whereas Owen shows a real image of war through suffering, exhaustion, and violent death.
For example, Owens explains why dying for one’s country isn’t as honorable as it seems,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori. (Owen 25-28)
Owens is explaining if people could see the reality and horror of war, they would not tell young children that it. Brooks uses The Soldier to show that fighting and even dying for your country in war is honorable and even glorious whereas Owen argues that dying for your country isn’t as honorable as it seems because war is dangerous and violent.

Rupert Brooke, gives the reader the impression that dying in war for one’s country, is very honorable and glorious is a great privilege to die for your own country, whereas, Wilfred Owen, gives readers a representation that war is awful and that dying for one’s country

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