Compare Contrast Wilfred Owen's "Dulce Et Decorum Est" And Thomas Mc Grath's "Gone Away Blues"

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Owen excels; McGrath faltersMany wars have been fought in the history of mankind but none of them have resulted in as much suffering and loss of human life as the First World War. People who participated in that war were not prepared to face the brutality that the development of technology in warfare was about to cause. Millions of people died in that war and hundreds of people wrote about the war. Two of such people who wrote about the war are Wilfred Owen and Thomas McGrath.In this paper, I will argue that despite being written on the same subject, Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" shows us the reality of the war as a first-hand experience in a serious way with the use of metaphors, irony and imagery. On the other hand, McGrath's "Gone Away Blues" presents the reasons for not joining the war with the extensive use of metaphors in a humorous way, but underneath that humor lies his resentment.McGrath uses simple language and simple words like "grass-green sea" (line 2) and "catastrophe" (3) to describe a battle scene. But Owen uses difficult words like "sludge" (2) and "trudge" (4) to describe the battle scene. Although both the poems can be read and understood, McGrath's "Gone Away Blues" is comparatively easier to read and grasp the meaning than Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est."Both Owen and McGrath use punctuations. Owen does a good job in making the reader slow down, understand every phrase, and feel what the writer feels. But this heavy use of punctuation also makes the poem difficult to read, and doesn't allow the poem to flow. On the other hand, McGrath has very few use of punctuation in his poem. This makes his poem to flow without interruption, which is a good thing but this easy flow doesn't give readers enough time to feel every word and every phrase. This makes McGrath's poem less interesting than Owen's.The obvious difference that we can notice between these two poems is their structure. Owen's poem doesn't follow a definite pattern. The first paragraph has eight lines, the second paragraph has six lines and the third paragraph has fourteen lines. On the other hand McGrath follows a definite pattern throughout the poem. All the paragraphs have four lines. The even numbered paragraphs have a third line with its last word not rhyming with other lines. The odd numbered paragraphs have all the lines with rhyming last words. Although this doesn't hold true for the last paragraph of his poem, McGrath does follow a regular pattern until the last paragraph.Owen uses metaphors to great effect. In the very first line, Owen describes a tired and helpless soldier; he says, " bent double, like old beggars under sacks." This is the best use of a metaphor, and Owen hurls the pain of a war directly into our faces. McGrath uses metaphors like, "...drowning in the grass-green sea," but his metaphors have very lessened effect on the readers, unlike Owen's use of metaphors.Both the poets use imagery in their poems but here again Owen...

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