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Poetry analysis essay help needed. (Anthem for doomed youth and Dulce et Decorum est)

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Compare and contrast of Dulce et Decorum est and Anthem for doomed youth exploring how they have presented the horrors and realities of war

Dule et Decorum est and Anthem for doomed youth both speak of the first world war, a war that devastated a very large majority of the planet. The United Kingdom, France, the Russian empire and the United States fought against Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy. These allied countries fought for four long arduous years from 1914 to 1918. Conditions were unacceptable on all accounts for the soldiers that lived and died for the sake of everyone alive today. Not to mention the soldiers were essentially forced into the army if you were a male eighteen or over. Poetry was used as Propaganda to recruit soldiers. Jessie Pope’s “Whose for the game?” is a famous poem. Men who did not enlist were treated badly.

Wilfred Owen wrote both Anthem for doomed youth and Dulce et Decorum est. The reality of war is portrayed similarly throughout both poems. They both express what war is actually like as opposed to the government’s propaganda that claim war is all fun and games.

Anthem for doomed youth does show war horrors however I believe it is a tribute to the soldiers who died for us. Anthem is a sonnet which is typically a love poem. This means Owen is attempting to show compassion and love for the fallen soldiers to make up for what the never had on the battlefield. Just by writing it as a sonnet, Owen expresses this. Similarly to Dulce, Owen rebukes society and supporters of war for sending our young men into battle. “What passing bells for those who die as cattle?” is a rhetorical question that sets a mood of irritation. The use of direct address here also gets the reader thinking about what respect we actually gave for the countless who died. What memorial services we dedicated. Owen didn’t say “bells” by itself because the word “passing” emphasizes the short, fleeting lives of the soldiers who died and gives a guilty conscience to the reader. It’s telling the reader that they sent the soldiers into battle. They didn’t oppose the propaganda and they allowed the soldiers to die. By comparing the soldiers to “cattle” Owen is saying they are treated as though they do not have minds of their own and they simply must follow orders even if it includes dying. Also that they’re treated like animals. “The old lie; Dulce et Decorum est, Pro patria mori.” sends a similar message. Again scolding the reader for lying to the soldiers and making them think it was right to die in battle.

In contrast, Dulce concentrates more on depicting a true battlefield. “Men marched asleep” shows that there was no respite. There was no fun. You had to move at all times to avoid death. This gets rid of the image that war is fun as most young men at the age of eighteen would not revel in the idea of no sleep. Owen also shows that men do not die honourably or magnificently in battle through the use of diction. Men can die by “guttering, choking, drowning.” These sounds paint an unpleasant image that depicts the soldiers ordeals. That death is not something to be proud of. Owen is trying to discourage men from enlisting in the army. His use of commas also slow the pace down as there is a pause between each word. This emphasizes that even in death there is no rest. It is not quick and merciless. That you will die slowly and painfully. Dulce uses diction better than Anthem mainly because Anthem doesn’t show any ordeals that the soldiers go through and mainly concentrate on sounds. Dulce on the other hand uses a vast range of diction but this is not to say the former doesn’t convey the horrors of war very well.

In conclusion, I believe Anthem for doomed youth shows the horrors of war better than Dulce et Decorum est. Dulce only explains how the soldiers hardships affect the soldier. It doesn’t even mention anyone else. Anthem does the exact opposite and explains how it will affect family, friends and all. “The pallor of girls' brows” and “Passing bells” (bells as in belles. I.e. a woman. A deceased soldier may have had a relationship with.) both give an image of how the deaths shall affect those around the soldier. This is something that Dulce doesn’t do. Dulce is a short term image and Anthem is a long term image.








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It looks better than any report/essay I can do.

Needless to say, tl;dr and I never heard of that poem, but I’m sure you’ll get an A.


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Where I live its either army/get checked and they will give an option if you can’t go to army because of health problems and send you to do something else for the next year, or few years in prison.


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Keishin wrote: Where I live its either army/get checked and they will give an option if you can’t go to army because of health problems and send you to do something else for the next year, or few years in prison.


Sounds like a terrible country.


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Ori wrote: It looks better than any report/essay I can do.

Needless to say, tl;dr and I never heard of that poem, but I’m sure you’ll get an A.



yh probably not. but thanks though.


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