Explore the ways conflict is presented in the poetry you have studied
Conflict is presented as futile and ultimately painful for the soldiers on the front line. The first poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen is a poem with a highly negative opinion about war. In summer 1917 Wilfred Owen was concussed at a Somme shell shock. The second poem Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes seems to be heavily influenced by the fact that Hughes’ farther was a veteran of the First World War (having survived his regiment’s massacre at Gallipoli. WWI has influenced many writers both writers discuss honours of the war.
In the first poem Dulce et Decorum Est conflict is presented as futile and ultimately painful for the soldiers on the front line. It makes the readers understand what the soldiers are feeling and makes them feel tensed. “Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! ---“. This presents the tense and the horrific graphic account of an attack. The use of the short sentences shows how they panic and how unequipped they are to deal with the war. “Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time” makes you realise how clumsy they actually are and it actually shows you how unequipped they are and that they have to be quick or they are in danger. The use of the word “clumsy” shows how difficult and challenging it was to defend their life because the ability of them to put their helmets on means they will probably die. Wilfred Owen uses the word “My friends” to link directly to the readers and therefor wants to you agree that the war just takes innocent people’s lives , and he wants to readers to agree with him he has also used rhetoric language device.
In the second poem Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes’s conflict is presented as physical conflict. “Suddenly he awoke and was running- raw”. This shows that he didn’t just wake up, he suddenly woke up so it suggests panic, the word “raw” shows how exposed the solider feels and how vulnerable he is.