Wilfred Owen 's `` Dulce Et Decorum Est ' And ' Who 's For The Game?

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Two poems, written during the First World War – one which its sole purpose was for propaganda (which is known for its romanticisation of war and lies) and one which tries to expose the truth. Normally, there wouldn’t be any similarities between two such poems that appear to be complete opposites – but what if there was?
Despite the obvious similarities and differences, for example: ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ was written by a man named Wilfred Owen – a soldier in World War One – and ‘Who’s For the Game?’ was written by a woman, Jessie Pope, who wrote for newspaper columns that asked for patriotic propaganda. But that alone shows a very important point, Jessie Pope had no experience of war (she was a woman after all and women had no place in war) but Wilfred Owen did have an experience of war - a terrible experience as described in his poem.
When both poems are read, side by side, the reader can tell which one is the truth and which one is lies almost instantly – ‘Who’s For the Game?’ uses patriotic language: “Your country is up to her neck in a fight, And she’s looking and calling for you.” The purpose of using this type of language is for persuasion, propaganda poetry such as this was used to inspire future soldiers who were reading it – this was also the case of Wilfred Owen who happened to read this same poem that, later, would describe it as ‘distasteful’. This is shown in the first draft of ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ which acted as a direct response to Jessie Pope’s poem by…
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