War and Death in Soldier Written by Rupert Brooke Essay

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What is war? Is war a waste? Is war honorable? I view war as a necessary evil. Sometimes it has to happen for good to triumph over bad. War poets like Wilfred Owen, writer of Anthem for doomed youth focus on death in war and the dehumanization of solders. In contrast Soldier written by Rupert Brooke thinks that to die in war, to be the noblest death. And Siegfried Sassoon’s Suicide in the trenches focuses on the youthful soldiers deaths being the responsibility of war promoters. Anthem for Doomed Youth Owens Anthem for Doomed Youth is written from a soldier’s perspective and is influenced by his own experiences in the First World War. He viewed war as a waste, as in his time of duty he saw countless deaths that did not have to occur. He…show more content…
In the last stanza, Owen says “…but in their eyes shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes. The pallor of girls’ brows shall be in their pall”. Here Owen illustrates the loved ones reactions to finding that their men have died. The dead soldiers are deprived of traditional funeral rites and can only be mourned from afar. Owen focuses on the family grief and loss to express the sorrow war causes. His overall purpose is to contradict war poets like Rupert Brooke who glorify war and claim dying for your country to be honorable. The Soldier was written by Rupert Brooke nearing the end of the First World War. His views carry a message of hope for the post war period. He talks of the achievements of soldiers in the war, as opposed to Owen who mostly focused on death. Brooke mainly focuses of the patriotic values and dying for ones country to be a great honor, and glamorizes war by implying that it is necessary. Brooke’s overall message is persuading young men to enlist to fight and die for their country. Which I do not agree with, I believe that if someone is willing to go to war and most likely die, if they really love their country and know how useful they could be, they would make up their minds for themselves rather than being persuaded by a man who ready to die himself. Like Owen re-talks of the First World War and death, and was in two stanzas. Unlike Anthem
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