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Comparison and Contrast Between Dulce Et Decorum Est and the Soldier

  • Date Submitted: 09/15/2010 05:03 AM
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Between Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and Rupert Brooke’s “The Soldier”, the “base” setting is about war, but what they each express is rather different. Just reading the sentences alone already separate the two poems. Once one analyses the piece more closely, there is even more of the poet’s own experience hidden under it.
The name of Wilfred Owen’s poem is one like ‘The Soldier, but as soon as the poem begins, it isn’t like anything as the title states. It shows the reality of war, the dark side and the other part we don’t hear about. Wilfred Owen’s poem paints a gruesome picture which sticks in the reader’s mind. He gives very detailed description of the events which took place after the mustard gas was released, with one of the more prominent ones being “come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.” These sort of depiction of war really opens the eye to one who has never been anywhere near the action. This in comparison with Rupert Brooke’s poem is very different to his depiction of war.

Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Solider” is a poem about war, but it does not contain the same, horrific details as of “Dulce Et Decorum Est”. His particular poem discusses about war and does not reveal the negative area of war. “The Soldier” rather, talks about the traditional meaning that it right to fight and die for your country, while also expressing his love for his country England. Although he discusses the significance of dying for one’s country, he passed away before he actually experienced the reality of war in 1915. Brooke also states “In that rich earth a richer dust concealed,” which means that if he is to die in a land other than England, that soil would be made better there would now be a piece of England within it.
Now when both of these poems are compared, it could possible that “Dulce Et Decorum Est” was like a reply to the glorification of war by Brooke. This sort of claim can be reinforced by noting that Brooke never actually experienced the truth...


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