War Poetry

This essay will be about war poetry. The first poem I am going to discuss   is ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen. The second poem will be ‘Before Agincourt’ by William Shakespeare. I will talk about the poets of these two poems and when and where the poems were written. I will also compare the way the poets portray their feelings of war.

  Dulce Et Decorum Est was written in 1917 during the first world war. The poet Wilfred Owen was a soldier who fought in the trenches during the war.   He wrote the poem while being injured in the Craig-Lockhart hospital in Paris. Whilst in hospital Owen met another war poet named Siegfried Sassoon who inspired and taught him how to write war poetry.

The poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ was written to enlighten the British public the war wasn’t how they expected it to be. It wasn’t the luxury they thought it would be actually it was the opposite. The conditions the soldiers lived in were terrible.
Other poetic devices such as how Owen creates an emotional link between himself and the reader. This makes the reader believe they are there with Owen experiencing what he had experienced. For example, “If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace.”   Here, Wilfred Owen asks the reader to consider if they can imagine seeing the incident happening to them. This makes the reader think about the issue he has pointed out which therefore creates a link where the reader and Owen are linked in there feelings. As a result the reader knows how Owen feels. Another poetic device he has used is 1st person narrative where he has written as he is seeing the event happen at the present time. For example, “He plunges at me, guttering, choking, and drowning”. This is a very descriptive sentence about how the soldier’s anguish after the gas attacks. It helps the reader to imagine what Owen is experiencing.

In ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ the author Wilfred Owen further portrays his feeling of war by way of how he describes the hell in the...