A Comparison In The Ways Owen, Brooke And Sassoon Portray World War One In Their Poetry

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A Coparison in the Ways Owen, Brooke and Sassoon Portray World War One in Their Poetry

World War one took place between 1914 and 1918. Owen, Sassoon and
Brooke were all poets and soldiers during the war. However, their
poems had many similarities and differences, because of their
different experiences. Owen and Sassoon actually fought in the war,
whereas Brooke never made it into battle as he died on the boat from

The audience varies for the different poems. Owens's audience is
people in the future generations who want to go to war.

"You will not tell with such high zest"

In this quote we can tell Owen is not pleased with another generation
dying from ambition and propaganda. Equally Sassoon doesn't agree with
war and writes his poem for people who haven't experienced war and the
horror of living in the trenches.

In contrast Brooke writes to men to men to encourage theme to enlist
and join the war.

"A pulse in the eternal mind"

This suggests that Brooke believes the soldiers will always be
remembered for fighting for England... Whereas Brooke has a patriotic
and idealistic attitude, Sassoon and Owen have a stark hate towards

"The old lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mon"

We can see very clearly from this how Owen feels towards war. He
doesn't see the point of going over to another country and fighting
for a piece of land. Equally Sassoon feels the same.

However, Brooke feels very different about the state and attitude of

"Under an English heaven"

This tells us Brooke declares his love for England and suggests
England shall win the war. He is very open in agreeing with war and
its state.

Sasoon has a stark and bold poem; he uses no similes or metaphors but
lots of personification.

"Lonesome dark"

Has a great effect of loneliness and depression. It makes you feel
pity towards the soldiers. He uses quotes like this to show his
feelings towards the war. He also uses rhythm to help you understand
the emotions of a simple boy, who is in a war beyond all his
nightmares. In contrast Owens, poem, Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria
Mori, uses descriptive devices graphically to help with the
understanding the horrific lifestyle these men had to go through.

"guttering, choking, drowning"

Describes the worst things in order. He repeats...

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