Compare the ways in which Owen reflects on the experience of warfare in ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and ‘The Sentry’.
You must include:
* The situations he describes
* The feelings he portrays
* The language he uses and its effects
* Critical thinking. Imagination. Originality.
* Evaluate how language, structure and form is used and its effects on readers.
* Choose the best points of connection and comparisons between texts.
* Impact of the social, cultural and historical contexts o
Intro: Introduce the two poems. A brief summary of each poem. Why the poet wrote each one. What themes are similar? What themes are different? What is the message of each poem? Similar? Different?
* Both poems explore the horrors of war and individual examples of that experience
* Both poems are based on real experiences that Owen had
* Both poems are used to convey Owens feelings about society’s attitude to war.
* There is a basic similarity in the two poems in that they compare the reality of the soldiers’ experiences.These poems are both personal reflections on specific memories that Owen had.
* In ‘Dulce et decorum Est’ Owen presents a harrowing depiction of a gas attack and its resulting consequences. He is being highly ironic.
* In ‘The Sentry’ Owen illustrates to the reader a scene from a heavy shelling.
* Both poems explore how Owen reflected on warfare through structure, language, and attitudes and feelings. There are common references to drowning, religious and war imagery.
All of this is in sharp contrast to the earlier and more romanticised view of soldiers in war, which makes heroes of them, waves the flag, and talks about such things as 'honour' or the nobility of dying for one's country. In both poems Owen's soldiers are ordinary men who would really very much rather be somewhere else, but given where they are, had best just get on with it.
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