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War Poetry Comparison In this essay I have decided to analyse two poems by the war poet Wilfred Owen taken from his writings on the First World War and a poem by Jessie Pope Both of Wilfred Owens poems Dulce et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth portray Owens bitter feelings towards the war but do so in different ways On the other hand Popes poem Whos For the Game takes a pro-war stance As the poems are so fundamentally different in their approach to the topic it is not surprising that the rhyming schemes and language employed are also vastly different Owen developed many of his poetic techniques at Craig Lockhart Military Hospital where he spent much of the war as an injured soldier but it was only through the influence of fellow soldier and poet Siegfried Sassoon that he began capturing his experiences of the war in the form of poetry Many would argue that it was while writing his war poems that Owen felt most able to express his ideas on paper and he certainly was one of the greatest war poets to have ever lived Probably his most famous poem Dulce et Decorum Est is a fine example of his narrative first-person poems written through his own eyes and based on his own experiences and views of the war Using four clear stanzas the poem uses standard alternate rhyming lines A slow painstaking rhythm is established at the beginning of the poem through Owens use of heavy long words and end-stop lines in order to illustrate just how slow and painstaking the war was The pace then quickens during the final stanza a rhythm achieved by the use of lines with fewer syllables and run-on endings so that it contrasts with Owens poignant conclusion given in the last four lines drawing our attention to this particular point the whole meaning of the poem as far as the poet
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