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Suicide in the trenches dulce et decorum est

Identify what you consider to be the authors main purpose in producing each of the texts you have studied and explore, in depth, one or two main techniques used to achieve this purpose. Before Owen and Sassoon all war poetry had been patriotic and was used to encourage recruitment of young men.

However both Owen and Sassoon had witnessed the horrors of trench warfare first hand and their poetry was therefore realistic about the harsh realities of war.

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An excellent introduction — clearly sets up your main argument with detail In both poems, after describing the obscene conditions of war and the impact that these conditions had on the soldiers, the poets dedicated a stanza to condemning the reader on any encouragement they may have had towards young men going to war.

They did this through the use of personal pronouns. Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori.? Personal pronouns are used in order to involve the wartime reader in the poem, out of interest when were the poems published? By describing the horrors of war in the previous stanzas the poets cause the reader to feel that by urging men to go to war they have caused the horrific incidents detailed in the poems.

The personal pronouns used caused me to feel angry towards the many people from that time that were supporting the war and encouraging recruitment, because many of them would never have witnessed war and never would, yet they were condoning it and promoting recruitment of other men.

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A very detailed and relevant argument. You have a great understanding of the texts.

  • Before Owen and Sassoon all war poetry had been patriotic and was used to encourage recruitment of young men;
  • I found out that Dulce et Decorum est was published posthumously in 1920 and Suicide in the trenches in 1918;
  • Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori;?
  • Irony was used in these poems to lull the reader into the belief that the poem was going to be cheerful and then shock the reader when they read the diction of the poem.

Irony was also used as a technique in the poems to condemn war. This comes from the saying that was commonly used during World War One: This title greatly contradicted the poems content, which described the gruesome death of a soldier from poisonous gas, which is a sickening and horrific, not sweet and fitting, way to die.

Irony was used in these poems to lull the reader into the belief that the poem was going to be cheerful and then shock the reader when they read the diction of the poem. The irony used also shocked me.

  1. This comes from the saying that was commonly used during World War One. A very detailed and relevant argument.
  2. I found out that Dulce et Decorum est was published posthumously in 1920 and Suicide in the trenches in 1918. The rhythm is the same, a strong nursery rhyme feel, creating a childlike naivety.
  3. A very detailed and relevant argument. Is that correct for poetry?

The main purpose of the poets writing these poems was to warn the general public of the horrors of war and to contradict the propaganda from patriot poets. This was done in order to include the reader in a realistic view of war and to condemn people who spread patriotic propaganda about war being glamorous, when many of them had not experienced war first hand.

Quotes integrated into your argument. You have a great understanding of the texts and techniques used to deal with the issue.

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I found out that Dulce et Decorum est was published posthumously in 1920 and Suicide in the trenches in 1918. But that shoudn't effect the purpose of the poems should it, they were still written to condemn patriot propaganda and war. Is that correct for poetry?

  • However both Owen and Sassoon had witnessed the horrors of trench warfare first hand and their poetry was therefore realistic about the harsh realities of war;
  • Before Owen and Sassoon all war poetry had been patriotic and was used to encourage recruitment of young men;
  • An excellent introduction — clearly sets up your main argument with detail In both poems, after describing the obscene conditions of war and the impact that these conditions had on the soldiers, the poets dedicated a stanza to condemning the reader on any encouragement they may have had towards young men going to war.