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Theme of War in The Sorrow of Sarajevo by Goran Simic and Duke et Decroum by Wilfred Own

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“The Sorrow of Sarajevo” by Goran Simic, and “Dulce et Decorum” by Wilfred Owen both examine the theme of war. The poem “Sorrow of Sarajevo” is an account of the poets experience in Sarajevo during the siege, in 1990 Bosnia. The poem seems to depict a man in the middle of a warzone, surrounded by dead bodies, and wreckage, the narrator seems to appear to be all alone and is filled with sorrow as he witnesses atrocities. The poem describes horror, death, civilian casualties and lasting torment. As with the poem “Dulce et Decorum” was also an account of the poets experience during the First World War, which was a an event that brought too many people, pain, sorrow and bitterness. Many people were touched by terror of the war,
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Whilst on the other hand “Dulce et Decorum” is also composed of 4 stanzas and uses enjambment, but the sentences are longer and more detailed. It has an irregular rhyme scheme. The first stanza shows that walking was tiring, and many bombs were dropped. In contrast to the first stanza, the second stanza is full of action; when the soldiers were hit by gas and everybody got their masks on. The third stanzas brief 2 lines emphasize the nightmare these events continue to be for our speakers. In the last stanza, Owen becomes more insistent as he drives at us with the steady rhythmic beat, explaining what it it’s like to die from gas. This particular structure is used to reflect the fact that the truth of what happens in trenches and t lie being told at home. It is this attention to form an image that makes the poem effective.
In the poem of “Sorrow of Sarajevo” instead of having a definite build or form, it has a very free - flowing nature; something that contrasts the theme of the poem. It relies on the natural flow of speech, and uses non-complex words to convey emotions since it expresses, intense personal emotion, it’s also considered as a lyric poem. The thoughts and feelings of the poet were conveyed that allows it to potentially be suggestive of a melody. It is very brief with songlike quality. The poem is non-repetitive. The poet uses personification to convey a strong meaning to the reader. This is evident in the poem
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